Anonymous Gray Painted Bathroom Vanity

Sometimes you live with something really ugly.

And it’s so ugly, that you ignore it.

You almost forget what it is, because you see the ugly every day.

But it doesn’t change what IT is.

This is my “it.”

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet the vanity of our bathroom.  Someone once did one coat (NO PRIMER) of paint over wood cabinets, and left it.  And we moved in with intentions to change it, and accidentally left it.  Sometimes renovating a kitchen gets in the way.  Maybe having a baby does too.

Then one day, you break.  So long, Uggo.

HOME_TOUR_BATHROOM

I took off all the doors with haste.

When I see this picture, I CRINGE knowing that I left it like this for 2.5 years.  This should have been the first thing I fixed.  I’m counting on my internet friends to slap me next time I make a poor judgement call.

Painted Bathroom Vanity

Meet your death, cream puff.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I don’t have hostility.  Just determination.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

I used Sherwin-Williams Anonymous Gray.  It was a nice dark warm gray to cover up the rotten milk color.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

And suddenly, it wasn’t ugly anymore.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

 

And if you give a blogger a paint brush… she’ll redo the whole room.

Gray Bathroom Cabinets

 

More on this can of worms next time.

HOME_TOUR_BATHROOM

 

Great Room Reveal: Open Concept Living/Dining Room & Kitchen

This post is brought to you by the blood, sweat, tears, and sanity of Aaron and Mekenzie Crowder.

We planned this renovation long before I was pregnant.  And we started demo before I was pregnant too.  And then I got pregnant, and going through a major renovation just about killed all three of us.  I laid most of the flooring by myself while 5 months pregnant.  We finished the week before Thanksgiving, with a little time to spare before the arrival of Evelyn Faye.

God bless all the pregnant women who go without a kitchen sink in the middle of summer.  I truly empathize.

I happily present to you, the reveal of our other baby, The Great Room.

Here’s the brief overview if you forgot where we started.

Great Room Renovation for a small house

Great Room Renovation for a small house

 

Let’s dive into the details.

 

The living room is sporting:
a painted fire place, with bead board and a red brick hearth
tall board and batten
painted curtains
entryway table made from scrap wood and a trunk
a new banister & newel post
gordon tufted chesterfield sofa
1970’s Scandinavian luna chairs
diamond shag rug
“Christ Walking on the Water” painting (1901) by Russian landscape artist, Julius Sergius von Klever

Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Open Concept Living Room with Chesterfield couch, board and batten, fire place, painted yellow curtains, trunk coffee table.  Rustic industrial design.

Board and Batten around fireplace

Rustic industrial living room accents and accessories.  Painted pillows and curtains, DIY entry way table from a trunk.

Rustic Industrial living room furniture

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

The dining room is made up of:
a bargain Restoration Hardware table
the perfect orb chandelier
IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic dining room with round table, orb chandelier, yellow accents, and white cabinets

Open concept for a small house. Living room and dining room.  Rustic industrial.  Restoration Hardware table, board and batten, redbrick hearth, white cabinets.

Industrial rustic living room accents

Industrial rustic dining room.  Circle Restoration Hardware table with leather chairs.  Orb chandelier, yellow accents.  Ikea cabinets

White IKEA Lindingo Cabinets

Open concept for small house. Living room dining room flow.  Integrated industrial design.

Yellow kitchen accents

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Open concept renovation for small house.  Industrial rustic design with Rockport Gray paint, board and batten, and IKEA Lindingo cabinets

Kitchen is made up of:
pebble stone granite counter tops
white subway tile back splash
tabouret metal bar stools
chalkboard back door
IKEA stainless steel appliances: range, dishwasher, refrigerator
barn style pendant sink light

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Open concept kitchen renovation.  Industrial rustic inspired.  White Ikea cabinets and subway tile back splash.  Rockport gray paint, and white board and batten.

Kitchen Chalkboard Art "I Can Do Hard Things"

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.

Budget Kitchen Renovation.  IKEA Cabinets and granite.  White cabinets and subway tile backsplash.

Kitchen accessories

Industrial rustic kitchen accessories.  Yellow accents.

Budget kitchen renovation for a small kitchen.  IKEA white Lindingo cabinets

Industrial rustic living room accents

We absolutely love how the 3 rooms flow seamlessly together for one big cohesive feeling.  It’s my favorite place in the house to be.  In the next post I write, I’ll be publishing the cost breakdown, since I’ve received so many emails regarding how/where our money was spent.

Now can someone please point me in the direction of club membership for those who survive a kitchen renovation?

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Nursery

It’s nursery reveal day.  It’s embarrassing how long it took me to write this post.  We had the nursery done by Thanksgiving, but time just slipped away.  I’ll blame the tryptophan.

My client was very easy to work with on this project.  She had amazing taste.  Her communication was clear; she either kicked, or she didn’t.  Evelyn Faye is extremely pleased with the results.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

We’ve come a long way from when this room was the old-furniture-graveyard/Aaron’s office.

office room

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

office_of_a_nerd

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Like I mentioned in the Nesting Doll Mobile post, if you reach out to Etsy shop owners, they are often willing to do custom jobs for you.  I had this shop owner customize this print with a purple background special for the nursery.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

The adorable crocheted hedge hog pillow was made by Bethany of The Sepia Puppy.  And there’s Buster’s stuffed doppleganger.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This matryoshka set was given to me by a close friend.  It came from Ukraine and belonged to her grandmother whose name was also Evelyn.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

My sister Gina gave me Pilot Barbie for Christmas the year I got my pilot’s licence.  I never knew what to do with it, until I had a nursery to decorate.  Now it belongs to Evelyn to remind her to always follow her dreams no matter how many people doubt you.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Homegirl has more clothes than I do.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I mentioned in the Gallery Wall post that I was going to make some changes to it.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

I added this nesting doll wood cutout art made by Beth of Sawdust and Embryos.  There is nothing she can’t do with a scroll saw.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

It looks perfect in the mix of art! (Sources at the bottom of the post)

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

This quilt was made by Kim from Newly Woodwards.  Her quilting skillz run so deep.

Nesting Doll Quilt

It looks so beautiful on the back of the Wingback Rocker.

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Purple and Gold Matryoshka Russian Nesting Doll Nursery

Several people have asked me how the DIY Wingback Rocker has held up since July.  It is perfect.  I’ve never loved a piece of furniture more.  It rocks perfectly.  It is strong and sturdy.  It is extremely comfortable.  It’s easy to get in and out of.  It is perfect for nursing.  It works wonders when I need Evelyn to fall asleep.  I couldn’t be happier.  It’s calling in life was for the middle of the night.

Stranmon DIY Wingback Rocker

I love Evelyn’s nursery.  It is the best room in the house.  I chose purple and gold because those colors symbolize royalty.  I want her to always remember she is the daughter of a King.

Nursery Source List:

Rug:  Home Decorators Medina Over Dyed Rug 
Curtains:  IKEA Marjun modified (Tutorial here)
Light Fixture:  Hampton Bay Estelle Champagne
Chair: IKEA Strandmon + Runners (Tutorial here)
Nesting Doll Mobile:  Dolls (Tutorial here)
Crib:  IKEA Hensvik
Changing Table: IKEA Gulliver 
Bookcases: IKEA Billys + Paint (Tutorial here)
Lamp: Mainstays + Gold Spray Paint
Gallery Shelves:  IKEA Ribbas + Gold Spray Paint (Tutorial here)
Prints: (Left to right-top to bottom)
The Whale
Framed Nesting Doll Fabric
Camera Bunny
Lily – Clearance at Michael’s
Ewok – Aaron bought at Comic Con
Nesting Doll Wood – Beth, Sywoodink
Fisher Price Little People
Elephants In Easter Attire
“Beautiful Inside and Out” print

The Perfect Orb Chandelier

We were able to save some extra money on our kitchen reno budget, so we were able to splurge a little with our light fixtures.

I knew I wanted a nice orb chandelier.  I felt like I had seen them all over the place, but when it came to actually looking for one to buy, they all went into hiding.  Just like Amanda Bynes.

I found several styles, in different variations.  But none of them were quite right.

This one from Restoration Hardware was obviously too expensive, $1195.  But what I did like was how many lights it had.  Our previous chandelier was a 12 arm, and we knew we needed something that would really light up the whole area.

Restoration Hardware Orb Chandelier

Shades of Light had a few different options, but this one was too jewel-y.

Shades of Light ORB chandelier

This one was too twiggy and not enough arms.

Shades of light Orb

This one comes from the Young House Love line of lights, and I really like the price, but it only had one bulb.  That wouldn’t do much for our big area.

Shades of Light YHL orb

And of course, there are DIY versions of this style of light out there.  This fantastic tutorial comes from Tatertots and Jello.  But, we all know my recent failure at DIY light fixtures.

diy-orb-chandelier-tutorial-knock-off-

I found the perfect balance of price and style for an orb chandelier on Amazon.  I actually needed two chandeliers, one for the table, and one for the stairs.

Orb Chandelier

It’s the perfect scale for our dining table.

Orb Chandelier

I’m going to come right out and say it, I’m a light fixture harlot.  I love them so much.  I feel like light fixtures are jewelry for a room.

Orb Chandelier

I’m kind of obsessed with the way the lights look.  It’s joyous.

Orb Chandelier

Orb Chandelier

And from one orb to another… This picture was at 35 weeks.  Now we’re at 37 🙂

Orb Chandelier

And there was light!

White Subway Tile Backsplash

I am 12 blog posts behind of where we’re at with our house.  Thanksgiving week was a week long version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.  My mom’s side of the family is Greek, and when the Pulos Family gets together, things get cray, in the best way possible.

My Big Fat Greek Family

When we started our kitchen renovation, our goal was to be finished before Thanksgiving.  My family was hosting a baby shower for us in our house Thanksgiving weekend, and we wanted to be 100% done by Thanksgiving so we wouldn’t be worried about unfinished projects floating around when Baby Crowder was born in December (WHICH IS THIS MONTH!).

Since we started at the end of July, Thanksgiving seemed like a completely reasonable deadline.  However, certain projects have taken longer than other projects.  The main time-taker has been the fence.  I haven’t said much about it on the blog yet (again, another post I am behind on) but when I write it, you’ll understand.  It’s like when you’re watching Labyrinth and the Goblin King fast forwards the clock…  but in real life you don’t get the joy of singing Dance Magic Dance.  And that’s a hard life.

the-goblin-king

We purchased our tile & supplies back in August, but the backsplash kept getting pushed back because of the need to get the fence finished.  When November hit, I knew there was no way we could get it done.  I really really wanted to do it myself.  But you know, something about being 8 months pregnant using a tile saw… We can’t all be Katie Bower or Pretty Handy Girl (and all the other many DIY bloggers who have bravely installed a backsplash.)

I had every intention of doing it.  But I had to call in some help to be finished on time.  (We DID finish everything before Thanksgiving, I’m just that behind on blogging.)

For the overwhelmed DIYer:

Redbeacon

I called Home Depot, and learned about an awesome service they have called Redbeacon.  This post is completely unsponsored, just a great experience I had.  Redbeacon is a site where you upload pictures and information about your project, and you get email bids from several licensed contractors.  All the contractors have been background checked, carry insurance, and have Home Depot’s stamp of approval.  They all have ratings and reviews you can read on the site as well.  It was so easy to use.  I stated that we already had our supplies, and just needed it installed.  We got very competitive bids and fair prices.  As soon as I picked a contractor, he started the next day.  It was very inexpensive since we already had our tile and supplies.  You even pay through the Redbeacon site.  For the overwhelmed DIYer, I highly suggest using Redbeacon to finish up projects, or those little projects (like drywall!) that you never feel like doing.

And here’s the tile, simple and clean.

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

White Subway Tile Backsplash

It has been a very busy summer around here, but the major projects are coming to an end.  And it feels a lot like success kid.

sucess kid twitter

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build Fence

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

Baseboards + board & batten

-Banister

Counter top install

Backsplash 

Nursery Design: Curtains and Flooring

Thanks to all you brave souls who chimed in with your DIY fails.  Did you know right after I wrote that post, Vintage Revivals posted about a contest where you share your DIY fails to win gift cards?!  You should go enter it if you’re interested, since we were on the topic.

The room we’re using for the nursery is as bright as the Christmas tree lit up on Rockefeller Plaza… but actually, a lot brighter, especially in day time.  The bay window catches so much light.  It’s one of the reasons I love the room so much.  But naps next to the surface of the sun are less than ideal.  Aaron and I agreed some sort of black out curtains were necessary for the nursery.

We found the MARJUN curtains at IKEA.  Those sisters are heavy duty to say the least.  No messing around there.  They also act as thermal curtains which is an added bonus.  They aren’t the cheapest of IKEA curtains.  One package was $60.  But luckily the 2 panels included in the package were enough to cover the area of the bay window.  However, not without modification.

I needed to cut each panel in half, ending up with 4 panels.  Not too hard.  I’m not the best seamstress.  Sewing a straight line for a hem isn’t so bad.

Ikea Marjun Curtains

Ikea Marjun Curtains

And when I hung them up, I had major mixed feelings.  Something was just off about them.  They were so thick and heavy that they wouldn’t draw open all the way.  I decided to reserve all judgement until everything was in the nursery.

Gray and Gold Nursery Curtains

We had so much extra flooring left over from the Great Room that continuing it into the nursery was the most logical decision.

Laying the flooring was a breeze (follow this tutorial if you need one!).  On a day I was feeling particularly good, it took me a few hours.  As always, if I can do it, you can do it!

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

Junky cell phone picture alert:  But see how heavy duty (and wrinkly) the curtains are?!

Beautiful Laminate Flooring

And with the help of my super dad, the baseboards went up without a hitch.  (Also, now would be a good time to note “surface of the sun.”)

Gray and Gold Nursery

Which means the next step is to fill this room up with FURNITURE!  Friends, I think we’re close to being ready for this baby!

Board & Batten with a Sprinkle of New Furniture

This isn’t going to be an informative tutorial on how to install board and batten or baseboards.  Just an editorial of a ugly duckling turned swan.

We didn’t go with traditional baseboards because they are curved on top.  We knew we would be doing board and batten, so we wanted something flat to work with.

Primed MDF boards for baseboards and board and batten were the best route to go.  Baseboards are pretty easy.  Cut them on a 45 degree angle and use a brad nailer to secure them to the wall.  Easy.  That’s your baseboard tutorial.  End of tutorial.

Baseboards

My dad brought over his laser level to make sure my chalk line was straight.

Board and Batten

AS AN ARROW.  I don’t need no laser level.  I don’t want a part of your country club…

Board and Batten

The top rail was super easy.  My dad and I did it in an afternoon.  Same as baseboards.  Make cuts on a 45 degree level, and nail the to the wall.  Make sure they’re level.  End of top rail tutorial.

Board and Batten

The slats were easy too.  Measure, make straight cuts, put some calking glue on the back, level them, and nail.  End of tutorial.

Board and Batten

Look how wicked cool my dad is.  He’s all the good parts of Norm Abrams mixed with a dash of Bob Villa, and the good looks of Scott McGillivray.  But most importantly, he’s a bunch of fun wrapped in layers of awesome dad jokes.  Like your resident Phil Dunphy.  I’m always the luckiest when him and Aaron team up on projects.

Board and Batten

And for dramatic purposes…  Here’s the difference simple board and batten molding can make.  Before.  (Oh hi Chester!  Welcome to the living room.  Hope you like our bums your new family!)

Board and Batten

After.
(It was a rainy day=bad bad light.  Sars not sars.)

Board and Batten

So much pretty.  We did our boards 30″ apart.  I think 2 and a half feet was the perfect spacing for the scale of the room.

Board and Batten

And the stairs wall before (including the coconut gumball light) …

ENGINEER-PRINT

A sexy after (with the orb-licious light).

Board and Batten

Oh, and we got our new couch and rug.  This trunk came from grandma’s garage.  And those chairs are borrowed from the basement.  We’re trying to decide if we want them to live upstairs, or if we’re still going to shop for the perfect piece.  So far, nothing has jumped out.  The trunk is going to get a better “coffee table makeover,” including legs and glass.  But for now, it’s a good place to toss your tired feet.

Board and Batten

Oh, and the board and batten isn’t 100% done.  It needs to be caulked and painted still.  But, you know, I really just couldn’t wait.  You know, bloggers and their patience.  Do those words even belong in a sentence together?

And for the sake of drama, this picture was begging to be included.

Board and Batten

Can you believe how far we’ve come?!  We are almost done-sies.  Seriously, we have TWO inside things left to do.  TWO.

Tree Removal of 120 ft Cottonwoods 

New roof 

-Build new fence (STILL in progress!  But the leveling, post setting, and retaining wall part is done.  It should be a breeze from here on out)

Paint ceiling & walls

Install flooring 

Baseboards + board & batten

-Build new banister (Newel post is in, if you gathered that from the pictures above)

Counter top install

Back splash (Tile and supplies are bought, just need to do it!)