Thursday, January 31, 2013


My Dresser transformation!! I am jumping here:)

Check it out on Tatertots & Jello alongside 19 other amazing project!!
Thanks, Jen!!


Be sure to check all the other very creative projects!

Thanks, Rebecca!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013



Thanks Jennifer from Hope Studios blog and all who liked my post "Bathroom reno on a budget" and clicked on it :)

It is being featured today over Hope Studios. Be sure to check the other awesome ideas over there!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Bathroom "on budget" Reno Reveal

After months renovating our tiny bathroom in the best DIY style ("slow- getting ready- but low - cost), it is time for the big reveal: To be fair, it has been ready for 2 months now, but with the Christmas season, I used up all my time for blogging to post my Christmas crafts/decor etc, and neglected this now last but not least!
For starters, my bathroom reno had one starter point ( my revamped cabinet) and one inspiration (quatrefoil love), posted here :

Here it is the before: (I am sure many people will "like" the before(you won't hut my feelings, that is ok!:), as many of my friends like the colour, but  I was really tired of the dark walls. The space is not big and I often felt claustrophobic in it. A phobia I have: I AM claustrophobic. 

I wanted a space with a "spa" feeling to it AND I wanted my quatrefoil :)
I ordered a stencil from  Designer Stencils in the US and I can't stress enough how pleased I was with the quality of it.
Walls primed 
I picked a soft grey, Martha Stewart "Sharkey Grey". Just lovely.
Now to the stenceling:

It took me A LOT of time, as I had to do it square/square, wait for the paint to completely dry, and then move to the next section mathing the pattern.. ..tell me about pain!!!! but it was worthy every minute.
I used the same paint colour, one layer eggshell and the other, glossy. 
It looks like fancy wallpaper:)
Because it took me FOREVER, I decided to do it only in the cabinet nook, and now I like it as it is, for it is not overwhelming.

Hubby installed the tiles. Plank porcelain tiles from Home Depot. They are gorgeous and were for sale at 66 bucks a box! And because my bathroom is so small it only costed us 250 dollars. 
Dark grey, giving a nice contrast with the wall. And my very dark hair will not be visible in every nook and cranny as before!!! haha ( one of the main reasons I  disliked the previous floor)

My thrifted dresser turned into vanity, I love it! Check the transformation here.
Unfortunately the sink installation was my hubby's role and he did it when I was away!! No photos :(.
But I can say it was not complicated and one can find lots of tutorials on Youtube.
A thrifted candle holder from the thrift store is now my wash clothes holder. Pennies saved. Mission accomplished!

My new "spa" bathroom in a very, very low budget, I am happy!

Old Dresser into Bathroom Vanity

We renovated our tiny bathroom. A real DIY,  we did it all ourselves. It took months, but we did it! ( and I will finally  post it  here, soon!).
I had decided that I wanted this for my bathroom:
An old dresser transformed into sink vanity.
After searching Kijiji for some weeks,  I found a perfect one  for 30 bucks! yay ! 
It was in a very bad shape in terms of painting, but had very good bones, a nice shape, made of solid wood and small - it had to be small as I had a small space to work with.
Someone had tried to paint it ...poor soul...on top of layers of old paint, no priming or sanding apparently. When I started sanding this is what I found: layers of old paint ( white, brown and green!) 
I must say it took me "FOREVA"to  get rid of all the layers and get to the bare wood, but I did it eventually....had to, uh?
Look at this beauty
Now to priming. I necessarily did not to do this, as it was totally sanded, but because it would be going in the bathroom, I wanted the paint to stick real good and forever:). I used the primer I love the most: Kilz, oil primer. It is the king of primers in my opinion. It rocks even in nasty laminate. I used it in this laminate cabinet, and I could not be more pleased! 
I would be sanding the edges for an antique look, so I used good ol' black craft paint in strategic places.

Primed. Now to paint. I used Swiss Coffee by Behr, love this shade of white. It was the same I used on my cabinet, and I kinda wanted them both to match.
I filled the old hardware holes with wood filler and put these gorgeous glass ones, form Home Depot. Pricey, but beautiful. And I had saved sooo much in my cabinet that I gave myself the right to  ..ahem..splurge:)

And here it is, my  bathroom vanity ready for her next adventure! a sink on top! ( keep tuned,wink wink!)



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