Bathroom re-do…

Fixer Upper style Farmhouse bathroom reno with faux shiplap

On a whim the other day I decided to ‘paint’ my guest bathroom.  It’s a tiny room so it won’t take long right???? Ha! Of course it took all that weekend and then some! It started out with me using some primer we had on hand to cover the old powder blue paint.

For some reason the primer didn’t really cover very well….

So I made a trip to Menards to get some ‘one coat’ paint.  I told the paint guy what I was up against and he said this paint would do the job in one coat…not so much.  So after one coat of primer and two coats of ‘one coat’ paint the painting was done and so was I for the night…ha!

Now I am a fan of Fixer Upper like so many of you! But I don’t want to hang shiplap everywhere…it seems a little to permanent.  It makes me squeamish thinking of nailing all that wood to my drywall…(maybe because I can remember the paneling from the 70s in everyones homes😫???)  I do like the look of shiplap so I decided to try to fake it!  I used my Cricut to cut thin strips of vinyl to stick to the wall that imitate the seams of shiplap. 😉  I used a dark grey color, I thought black would be too harsh.  So I used my level and a pencil to lightly draw lines on the wall about 6″ apart from floor to ceiling.  Then I started sticking my strips on!  The strips were only 24″ long so it was a lot of strips but, like I said the room is small so it wasn’t so bad.  I overlapped the strips slightly where they met to allow for any expansion/contraction with temperature changes. I am really happy with the way the shiplap turned out!

Well of course I couldn’t stop at paint and ‘shiplap’ I had to have the hubs help me makeover our builder grade medicine cabinet with some added trim and black paint.  I made the light bulb cover out of a placemat 😀

Then we built and  installed some rustic floating shelves above the toilet.  The shelves are made from reclaimed pallet wood and the stain is a vinegar wash.  (I keep cider and/or white vinegar in a ball jar with a wad of steel wool in it for this type of projects.

The cider vinegar gives a more red finish and the white vinegar is more grey.  These shelves I mixed the vinegar about 50/50 to tone down the red a little.)


So that quick paint job ended up taking about three weekends to finish but I am over the top happy with way it looks!!!



DIY Two Tiered Tray…

I have been loving the look of these trays for some time, but to buy one they are rather expensive…I think! A few days ago my new IG friend Jennifer of @downshilohroad posted a tiered tray she had DIY’d. 

She inspired me to make one of my own!….

I bought my wood chargers and finial at Hobby Lobby using my 40% off coupon (I was too impatient to wait on them to go on sale) I bought the spindle and the feet at Menards. The home improvement stores have a few different options for parts, porch spindles, furniture legs, dowel rods, stairway ballisters. So let your imagination run wild and think outside the box!

I chose to screw my pieces together. (Partly because DH always wants things built like a tank…) so I used 1/4″ x 2″ plain dowel screw (that is a screw with threads on both ends) between the finial, top charger and top of the spindle. Then a 1/4″ lag screw between the bottom charger and the bottom end of the spindle … 

I did however use gorilla super glue for the feet and they seem to be attached securely. So if you don’t want to get the drill out and buy the special screws try some super glue! 

We drilled pilot holes in all the pieces before screwing the pieces together for a ‘dry fit’ . 

After I was happy with the configuration I took it apart to make it easier to paint. I just used some old white flat paint we had leftover and did a couple thin coats.

After the paint dried overnight I distressed the edges on all the pieces. 

After they were all distressed I topcoated it with a walnut stain making sure to really rub it in on the distressed areas. 

After the stain dried I put it back together, then had some fun styling it!I really am happy with the way it turned out. I think it has a Restoration Hardware kinda feel to it!  Plus I have less than $20 in mine!!! So don’t be afraid to make yourself a tiered tray and you can paint or stain it any way you want to fit into your home! 

Would love to see your tiered trays if you decide to make one of your own! Post a picture in the comments or you can find me on Instagram @karen.says

Apartment Therapy…

  I feel like I have neglected my blog the last few weeks, but for good reason! My daughter has been moving into a new apartment and I have been helping her with unpacking and decorating. It’s fun to work with a blank slate again!  

It’s been 23 years since we moved into our house so needless to say it’s anything but blank! Ha!

My daughter is an RN and works 12 hour shifts on nights. Of course as soon as she moved she was scheduled to work the next few nights, so she had to live with the boxes until she had a day off last weekend. I went down on Sunday to help with the remaining unpacking, furniture arranging and the best part, decorating!

This is what the apartment looked like when I got there…

I could tell when I got there she didn’t know where to start, since there was so much to do. The first thing we concentrated on was to move all the boxes that had stuff for rooms other than the living room into the appropriate space. That gave us some room to work around! She at first thought she wanted her couch up against the long wall. (The couch is from Ashley Home Furnishings and has a chaise that can be used at either end)

I suggested to angle it corresponding to the angle of the fireplace and the TV. But she didn’t really like it on an angle regardless of which side the chaise was on. My next suggestion was to put it perpendicular to the wall with the chaise against the wall. This would define the living room area separate from the entry and dining area. So we moved it perpendicular and flipped the chaise to the other end and arranged the other furniture. She still didn’t like this arrangement… Once again we moved it back against the wall, flipped the chaise and arranged the other furniture pieces. After this she decided she preferred the perpendicular arrangement…So, one more time we moved the sofa perpendicular to the wall and flipped the chaise and arranged the other furniture…Needless to say we both got our workout ha!

After she was happy with the layout, we mounted the TV and hung the wall decorations. Here’s a few more pics of the living room:

She’s like her Mom and loves pillows! She found a few of her covers at Hobby Lobby on sale and the gray and white stripe and floral along with the heart pillow I made for her. I’m sure if you read my blog you recognize the black chair I recovered for her for Christmas! The little side table is a fruit crate I got at a garage sale this summer for $4! I also made the curtain for the living room window and slipcovered an ottoman my husband and I made years ago, I think this is the forth time it’s been recovered! 

After the living room was finished we moved on to the bedroom. Most of that was already finished out of necessity, but the blackout curtains needed to be hung and a few finishing touches were left to do.


The last area we worked on was the bar/dining area. The dining area and kitchen are still works in progress so I don’t have any pics of them yet…


I can’t take any credit for helping with the bathroom, she’s done that all on her own!

I think it has turned out really well! She wishes the walls weren’t so beige, but that comes with the territory. She’ll have her chance one day to have her walls any color she wants! It’s been really fun helping her decorate and I’m complimented that she values my opinion  and design style along with trusting me to make pillows, curtains, artwork and recover furniture for her! Like I said there are still a few things in process, but I think she is happy how it’s turning out and feels settled in her new apartment!

Organization…it’s a journey!

I had grand plans of getting lots of things organized this weekend…but the only real thing I got organized was my dresser drawers. I am counting that as an accomplishment in itself. I dreaded putting laundry away. Each drawer was crammed full and putting anything away was challenge. Not to mention I really didn’t know what was in the bottom of those drawers. Needless to say that stuff wasn’t is what the drawers looked like before I started… 

Each drawer did have a category…sport socks, dark socks, sweaters, workout clothes, bathing suits and misc…

Of course the whole bedroom was a wreck during my purging process. I also had to shoo off DH several times, I didn’t need his 2 cents on all my stuff…ha!  I did have moral support from my girl, Krimley, and her elephant…

I think I have a tank top fetish 😳 how many does a girl need??

Here is the final product. Everything matched/folded neatly and I do have a few drawers with room to spare! I had a trash bag full of junk and lots of stuff to take to the consignment shop!

I probably could have purged more but like I said it’s a journey…next stop hall closet! Hope I can keep my motivation!