Saturday, May 23, 2015

Road Trippin'

Friday a friend and I went on a little road trip to Portland, Oregon. I thought I'd share a few pictures of the beautiful scenery.

This is the Columbia river... The Mighty Columbia is it's called! This is the view as you are driving down the freeway toward Portland.

We stopped at Multnomah Falls along the way.

I love this place. There is a trail and you can hike all the way to the top. We didn't do that this time but I have done it before and it's quite the hike but so beautiful!

 These pictures are at the very base of the falls near the gift shop and restaurant.

I love all the moss that grows over everything!

This next shot is taken from the little bridge looking down at the 2nd half of the falls.

Then we went on our way to our final destination... IKEA!!! Yay!

We had a great time and it was so nice to get away :o)

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Half Bath Redo - Before Pictures

Well, I'm almost done with my {main bathroom redo}, I just have the shower curtain left to make... I'm crossing my fingers I'll be able to get to that this weekend :o) In the meantime... since all the hard work of that redo is done... I'm dreaming of my next room redo... the half bath!

So... I thought I'd share the lovely before pictures. It may take me a little while to get to this project but soon!

Here is the picture I took on the walk through when I bought the house.

It is a walk-through half bathroom. The doorway that you are seeing here goes into my bedroom and the picture was taken from the doorway that leads into the laundry room and then on into either the kitchen or living room.

Here's what it looks like now.

I finished my bedroom redo awhile back and I'm ready for my bathroom to look nice too. If you missed my boho master bedroom redo you can see that {here}.

This vanity is ridiculously low and I hate it so it is going bye-bye! The cubby hole where I've been keeping my laundry hamper is kind of nice but I don't really understand it... maybe it was supposed to be for a chair and place to put on makeup? I don't know but that's not how I put on my makeup so it's not needed.

It is nice to have all the counter space but i don't really need it.

The sink needs to be replaced. it has missing enamel around the drain hole, a missing drain pop-up thingy, and a weird spot that cleans off with scrubbing but mysteriously reappears and looks like rust running down the sink! And the faucet is hideous :o(

I'm planning on repurposing this vintage dresser into a vanity, I'm excited about that, I hope it works!

Right now, as you can see, my TV is on it so I'll have to find something else for that.

This corner cabinet is also going bye-bye. I'm planning on some sort of open shelving with pretty hand towels and wash clothes stacked on it (no large towels because there isn't a shower or bathtub in this bathroom), glass apothecary jars to display things, and other pretties!

You can see that whoever put the toilet in didn't do a very good job painting behind it... the bathroom must have been pink at some point.

This ugly light bar will either get re-created or totally replaced.

Here's the view from the bedroom doorway, looking in the direction of the laundry room. You can see there is a nice big window in here which I love!

I took the other door (into the bedroom) off but this one will stay. It needs work though because it won't close all the way.

There are issues with the plaster on the walls near the floor. I kind of think maybe there was a flood in this house because the other bathroom had this issue too and it's only down on the bottom of the wall.

And someone must have locked a dog in here because the molding next to the door is all scratched up. I may try to fill it with wood putty and smooth it out but if that doesn't work I'll have to replace this molding.

I'd like to incorporate this old window into the room somehow.

This bathroom also has one of those old wall heaters like the other bathroom. I made a magazine rack out of the other one because it was right next to the toilet but this one is not so I'm not sure what I'll do... maybe just cover the hole up and add a plug in with the heater wiring or maybe I'll figure something else out!

So there  you have it! I'm excited to get started!

What are you working on?

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Are You a No Reply Blogger?

After all the super sweet, made me wanna cry, just what I needed, comments that you guys left on {this post}...

This is what I looked like when I read them...

it made me think how much I enjoy blogging and making new blogger friends. Even though we may not live close enough to ever meet in person we still share a connection because I enjoy sharing my home decor projects, thrifting treasures, Etsy shop and antique mall space news and occasional venting and sadness... and you guys like reading and commenting!

But there's one thing that makes it really hard for me to talk to some of you... you're a no reply blogger...

This would be me if I was little again... and had blond hair... and was super cute... I'd be all like... "Aww man... I really wanted to talk to her"

So this means that I can't reply to your post from my email. I have to go to my original post, that you commented on, and reply to you there. Now, that's not a big deal and I do that when you are a no reply blogger... but I often wonder if you ever see my replies to you. You would have to come back to that post and check and if you're anything like me you won't remember.

I would love to be able to reply via email instead... we can have better conversations that way and maybe even talk about things that we don't necessarily want everyone else to see! Not that we have secrets or anything, but you know!

Plus I love each and every comment I get and I try my hardest to reply to them all in some way or another.

Those that are NOT no reply bloggers, I reply via email. Those that are no reply bloggers, if you have a blog I'll go check out your blog and maybe talk to you there... or I may reply on my blog like I described above.

I found this post by Zack Reyes over on his blog to help you fix this if you're so inclined.

I hope you'll become a reply blogger so we can talk!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Treasure Trove Tuesday

It's time once again for Treasure Trove Tuesday. I don't have my usual thrifting haul to show you, I decided to work on some pieces I have already drug home instead!

But before we get into that I wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented (some on the blog, some off) on my post on Friday about doubting myself and my decorating decisions. It gave me all kinds of warm fuzzies to know that 1) I'm not the only one out there who has felt this way before; and 2) to know that others appreciate my decorating style and find it similar in one way or another to their own so thank you so much for that :o) And I'm feeling much better about things once again too!

Now, for my treasure trove redos...

You've all probably seen these demure little half moon side tables before. I think my mom had one when I was growing up and I've had one before too.

I picked this one up from Craigslist (I almost forgot to take a before picture as you can see by the smidgen of paint on the front leg!) It was very wobbly so after re-gluing all the joints it's as good as new!

I painted it with some Waverly chalk paint I found at Walmart.

Then I used one of my new stencils I got from {Pick Your Plum}. Let me just take a moment and tell you about Pick Your Plum. If you haven't heard of them before you should click on the link and check them out! It's a daily deal site so you get a new deal emailed to you each day... as with most deal sites, once it's gone, it's gone! But they have a great variety of items... clothing, children's clothing and toys, craft items, home decor, cooking and baking items, etc. And their prices are SUPER reasonable... I only paid $6.99 for the stencil! If you use the link above, I'll earn points for your first order so I can pick more plums! :o)

Anyway... back to the table...

The stencil is reusable and self-adhesive so it worked really well for this little table!

Next up is this adorable little side table...

My mom had this sitting outside on her porch and I commented one day that if she ever wanted to get rid of it I'd take it! So, that day came! Thanks mom!

It was very chippy and the paint was literally falling off of it. I decided to do a fun paint and paper treatment on it.

The beautiful paper is from {Rifle Paper Company} and printed in the U.S.A. Woot! I used it to decoupage the sides and ends of this cute little table.

I picked this paint color because it matched the roses in the paper perfectly!

What do you think? Do you like it?

Now I have one more little project to show you...

I have purchased several pretty little hankies on my thrifting adventures and decided to do something with them!

I created this little no-sew table runner with some seam binding tape and my trusty iron... which only gets any action when it's taken out for a craft project!

It was so fast and easy! I think it's pretty.

So that's it for today... thanks again for being my online bloggy friends! I appreciate you!