Guest Bath Renovation: Before + After

The last room that got a lot of attention in our renovation was the guest bathroom.  We painted it when we first moved in and changed the light over the vanity, but that’s the only work we’ve done in there.  Here’s the before photo:

Again, not terrible… but don’t those yellow-y doors and vanity top bug you?  First off we took out the vanity, horribly done “framed in” mirror that the previous owner DIYed, off center towel ring and light (we kept the light fixture for a future project).

The entire bathroom got fresh paint (same light gray as the rest of the house) after the walls were patched.We bought matching vanitiesvanity topsfaucets and knobs in the master & guest bathrooms (just different size vanities) so they’d be cohesive and similar to the kitchen.

Also like the master, the owner before us took the lazy path and didn’t take the previous vanity out when putting in new floors, so Scott had to spend some time doing it the right way.After the vanity was in and the paint was dry, the mirror and lighting fixture were hung.  We also bought a new towel ring and hung it centered with the vanity on the side wall.

The final touches were replacing the towel rack and the outlet covers to a new white ones.Once the list of things to do in the bathroom was done, we were so happy with the finished product!  It’s much brighter, cleaner and finally updated.  With these rooms all done, we are thinking about painting the guest room & office the same gray color.  Onto the next project..

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Live Edge Side Tables

Like I’ve mentioned before, I finally had a vision for our guest room and the next piece to tackle were the side tables.  I imagined these beautiful, live edge side tables with little hairpin legs, and I was determined to find some.  Naturally, I couldn’t find what I wanted in stores or online, so I decided to make my own and delve into super basic furniture making.

Live Edge Side Tables

What you’ll need:

  • Live edge wood, cut to your dimensions
  • Sander
  • 80, 120, & 220 grit sand paper
  • Saw horses
  • Plastic drop cloth
  • Disposable gloves
  • Epoxy (two quart Glaze Coat boxes)
  • 6 quart sized buckets,with measurements (3 per table)
  • 2 Wooden stirrers
  • Plastic scraper
  • 8 Hairpin legs (4 per table)
  • 1 1/2″ Star screws (20 per table)
  • Impact drill with star bit
  • Furniture wax
  • Cloth

Coming into the project I knew the hardest part would be finding wood to make the tables out of, and once I had my heart set on something with live edge, I knew it’d be even harder.  Lucky for me, one of Daniel’s friends’ family owns a mill in Ridgeville, SC (like 40 miles from my house).  I used the random Wednesday we had off from work in November to take a road trip and get some wood for the project!

Andy was awesome.  We looked at different pieces, then settled on one and he cut it with the chainsaw for me on the spot.  Talk about service 🙂

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When I got home, this is what I had: two 30″ pieces of oak.

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These sat in our garage for a few months while we were busy with football and the holidays, but when I finally had “free time,” I was ready to get started on them again.  Next step: sanding.

With sanding, start small and get bigger with the grain.  I started by using 80 grit paper, then progressed to 120, and 220 grit.  Slowly, I took off the top layer and smoothed it all out on the top, sides, and just a touch on the bottom.

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This was another point where a few more months went by because I was busy, or other projects had a higher priority than these tables.

Since the table tops were sanded down to a nice, smooth finish, I needed to seal the natural wood in next.  My friend, Daniel, made some tables for the shop out of a similar live edge, so I got his recommendation on what to use: Glaze Coat epoxy found at Lowe’s.

Why did I use epoxy?  It’s self leveling, easy to use and mix, and it’s a lot thicker (and more durable) than just staining the wood a few times.  Plus it’s basically clear, so the natural beauty of the wood would come right through.

I set up a little area in the garage to continue working with the plastic drop cloth on the bottom, 2 saw horses to hold the wood, and more plastic over the saw horses and under the wood to protect the saw horses from the epoxy that was doing to drip.

Before we worked with the epoxy, Hunter wanted to get the legs measured and marked so it’d be easy to attach them to the wood after we sealed the top in.  It took a little bit of time, but we laid the legs out on the wood, made sure they were level, and arranged in a rectangle, then we marked them with a blue sharpie.  We probably overdid it with marking everything, but I wanted to make it as simple as possible when I was ready to screw the legs in.

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Okay, we were ready for the epoxy!  Follow the directions on the box and mix the epoxy correctly so it’s a 1 to 1 mixture.  This includes mixing the concoction together for 6 minutes — hello arm workout.

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Pour the epoxy on top of the wood and use a plastic scraper to smooth it out, covering the top.  You have about 15-20 minutes to get it how you want before it starts hardening.  I wanted to make sure the sides were coated & sealed as well, so when the top was good, I applied some epoxy to the sides with the scraper.

To avoid having bubbles harden in the top, use a blow torch ~6-8″ above the wood to warm up the epoxy & get them out — they’ll come up to the surface, then pop!  Check the wood every hour to see if any other bubbles need to be popped while it’s drying.  Then you wait.

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We used 1 pint of epoxy (8oz resin & 8oz hardener) for the first coat on the first table.  Let the first coat completely dry – the box recommends 4-5 hours, but we let ours dry overnight since we did this part after work.  The next day we applied a second coat (another 1 pint), going through the same process again, with a clean bucket.

After the first table was done, I repeated the steps all over for the 2nd table.  All in all we used two quart boxes of the Glaze Coat.  Here’s what table one looked like while it was drying after the second coat:

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When the table tops were completely dried & cured, it was time to attach the legs to the bottom.  I was really digging the hairpin leg look, and found some great ones for sale on Etsy (I couldn’t find these anywhere in Charleston).  I ordered 8 24″ legs (4 per table) so the tables would be about ~26″ tall with the wooden tops.

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We screwed the legs into place drilling 1 1/2″ star screws into the holes. I learned that the star screws were better to use than normal ones in this case (learned this after we stripped a few screws).  Once we got into a groove, we got the legs in quickly because of our preparations earlier marking everything.  I also got to play with the new impact drill we now own 🙂

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The last step was to seal the metal in.  The legs were a raw, unfinished metal, and the maker recommended finishing the legs with a light coat of furniture wax.  I wiped on some SC Johnson wax I had leftover from finishing our dining table, then these were ready to put in the guest room.

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These were no corn hole boards, but the project definitely took some time and patience…. I really enjoyed being able to build these with Hunter too.  He’s super handy and I learned a lot during the process, plus it was just fun to work on a random house project together a week before our wedding!  They will always have a special place in my heart 🙂

At the end of it, I finally had the 2 new live edge oak tables that I wanted!  I put them in the guest room, added lamps and some accessories, and enjoyed the view.  See ya later scuffed, college side tables!

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You can check out the slow transformation of the guest room here.  We think the last piece for this room will be a large, standing mirror.  Anyone have thoughts on where to find a big mirror for a great price?

DIY Navy Blue Ball Fringe Curtains

Most of my projects start because I will get an idea, and I won’t stop thinking about it until I make it.  That was completely the case here.  We’ve been slowly working on our guest room and I finally had a vision in my head.  That vision included some white curtains with navy blue ball fringe on them.  Well I found exactly what I wanted on Pottery Barn for $119 a panel — no, thank you.  I also found a DIY post for making your own for wayyyy less, which was right up my alley.

Navy Blue Ball Fringe Curtains

What you’ll need:

  • White curtains
  • Navy blue ball fringe (~12 yds)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

First, find your supplies.  I found the navy blue ball fringe trim that I needed on Etsy, and some basic white curtains from Target.  Once everything had been delivered, I was ready to go.

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I started by ironing the curtains to get all the wrinkles out.  I didn’t want wrinkles when they were hanging, but it also helps them lay flat when attaching the trim.  When they were ironed, I started measuring out the ball fringe on the curtain.  I decided that I wanted the fringe on 2 sides of the curtains — the inside where the panels would meet, and on the bottom.  I have enough leftover for the other long side too if I decide I want to add that on.

Next, it was time to attach the trim to the curtains.  Since I don’t have a sewing machine, I needed an another way to attach the trim to the curtain panel.  The DIY article I read used hot glue, and we all know I get a lot of use out of my hot glue gun 🙂

Slowly attach the trim to the edge of the backside of the curtain panel, with dots of hot glue.  Putting it on the back will just let the navy blue balls show when they’re hung.

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Note: Another method to attach the trim could be using iron on adhesive, or just sewing it.  The hot glue method was both cheap and efficient though.

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Once my curtains were done, I was ready to hang them, unfortunately I needed a curtain rod first.  I found one the next day, pulled out my drill and hung the curtains myself since I couldn’t wait another day before Hunter would be home.

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The room is still a work in progress, but the curtains add life to the room and make it feel more homey. I wanted my curtains to tie into the white sheets with navy trim that we have registered for.  Their job is to add little pops of color without being overwhelming, but still keep the room really light and airy.

While I was out getting a curtain rod, I stopped by Lowe’s to get a plant for the room.  I bought some peace lilies because they remind me of my Grandmom, and the green and white is a great complement to the bed!
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Now let’s break down the financials: Two Pottery Barn panels for the length I needed would have been $240 + shipping.  I got 2 panels from Target for $44 (free shipping) and the trim for $27 with shipping.  That’s a savings of $169 for the same look!

Next up for this room: Side tables & artwork.  You can check out the inspiration behind the chaos for this room on my Guest room / bath board and see all of our guest room projects here!

Weekend Wrap-Up

Another weekend is over, and it was filled with family, friends, and getting a few projects done!  I also can’t believe it’s almost November — this year has flown by.

Pegs was in town this weekend and I had fun with her in town.  We enjoyed a big dinner at 5 Loaves, walked on the beach, tried out Vintage Coffee‘s breakfast sandwiches, watched football, went shopping, etc… We were pretty busy.

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There were 2 highlights of the weekend: The AMAZING engagement party that our friends threw us on Isle of Palms..

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And Georgia Tech doing the impossible and beating FSU with the “block 6” play.  Seriously, this was the Miracle on Techwood, and I can’t stop watching the replay…


It wouldn’t be a weekend at home if we didn’t knock out any projects.  While Hunter was on a short business trip, I hung my CofC diploma, and his Clemson “diploma placeholder” (we still need to get his framed).  I was sick of looking at bare walls when working from home, so these went up!  Still a lot to do in here though..IMG_5987

Another room in progress that got some love was the guest room.  I’ve been in love with the palm frond print for awhile, and finally found some great pillows on Etsy with it so I could add it to the guest room!  I also found a navy blue throw from Target for the end of the bed in the cooler months.  More navy blue coming to this room soon 😉

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Something that’s been on our to-do list for quite a few months was to get our Charleston harbor map framed.  We picked it up from Hobby Lobby on Friday and hung it after dinner.  I’m so happy to finally have something on the wall in the space between our door and window — much nicer to look at than a bare wall!

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A perk of having Hunter’s parents over to watch the Clemson game was getting a new light fixture put in our guest bathroom.  We love the galvanized look it added.  You can find the light at Lowe’s, and might be seeing similar lights being installed outside soon…

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Sunday morning we had one last big family brunch at The Shelter before everyone headed home.  That afternoon we represented Las Olas in the corn hole tournament at Revelry and enjoyed a good bit of the beautiful day outside.  We finally hit our limit, and enjoyed a lazy night on the couch… with Cleo.

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It was a great weekend with family, and productive as well!  I’m already looking forward to being with everyone again.

I’ve got some great stuff that I need to sit down and write about, so hopefully I’ll have some time during these rainy days…

Weekend Projects

The weather wasn’t great this weekend, so I decided to use the time to get started or complete several projects that had been on my mind.  After running a few errands, I was ready to get started.

We ordered a headboard from Overstock a few weeks ago for the guest bedroom, so Hunter and I put it together and attached it to  the bed.  Of course this spiraled into me wanting to immediately replace the bedding.  The bold black & white print I previously had in my apartment was not ideal for a relaxing guest room.  I found a great white quilt at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but they were out of the shams.  I found them online, and they’ll be here soon.  And I finally put some oyster shells in the lamps that we bought a long time ago.. Better late than never!

The new bedding inspired me to register for sheets to go with it (don’t worry the blue sheets will go away), look for a great blanket for the end of the bed, and look for new pillows, curtains, and side tables.  This is a room that will be repainted, and I can’t wait to finish it the way we want and replace all the old apartment stuff.

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Another project was our laundry room.  Back at my apartment, I had 1 plastic container that I put all my random tools and household items, like light bulbs, in.  It was great in a small apartment, but now it’s impossible to find anything we need in it.

I found some great canvas containers while I was at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and finally split the big blue bin into the 2 containers: tools & hardware, and household items.  Much better, plus they look nice with the “paper products” basket.  Side note: I’m still loving all the shelves our laundry room has.  Yay for storage!

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A few weeks ago we found this great desk for our office at Celadon – another yay!  Getting the new desk in, and my childhood desk out really made both of us start to think about fixing up the office for real. I know we’ve been talking about this for awhile, but it was hard to get started until we had a desk to build the room around.  With the desk in the corner, mom’s old mini tv being used as a second monitor, and some desk organization complete with Target’s help, I wanted to keep it going.  Over the weekend I found a great lamp at Home Goods, but it was too large for the desk, so the search continues.

There’s still a lot to do, (repaint the room, put in crown molding, hang our diplomas, hang our sports memorabilia, get an office chair, get a bookshelf, and get rid of all the boxes still in the room), but I’m happy with the progress!  I’m looking forward to the day I work from home in our office, and not just on the couch.

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I was also crafting up a storm.  You’ll hear more about this soon, but corks, corn hole boards, paint, cotton, and shells were involved.  Saturday night Erin and Maggie came over and we drank wine and painted various projects in the garage.  We had a blast, and I hope to do nights like that again with the girls.  And yes, this is what our table looks like 80% of the time. Hunter is amazing for putting up with my crafting binges!

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Speaking of amazing, I came home to a new S’well bottle filled with flowers on Thursday night!  Talk about lucky.  And here’s my plug for my favorite shop that I still work at occasionally –> Las Olas sells these bottles if you’re looking for one!  We got the wine bottle sized ones, but there’s a few other sizes and so many colors to choose from.  Also, note the new e-commerce website they have 🙂

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This definitely wasn’t a lazy weekend, and I’m happy about that!  I had Hunter promise that we’d get some house projects done, and we definitely did.  I’ve learned that when you complete something off your home to-do list, you end up adding 3 more items, and that’s still true after this weekend.  Now on to finishing some of my projects!