Showing posts with label Before and After. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Before and After. Show all posts

Monday, September 15, 2014

Master Bathroom Makeover

Our master bathroom is a little small, there's no going around it. The room can barely fit a shower, a double sink and a toilet. The dated fixtures, honey oak cabinets and wall color were really bringing the room in - making it feel even smaller than it actually is.

Here's a picture of the space before:

And a picture after our small updates:

I knew that a nice, cool gray would immediately make the room feel bigger. If you follow me on Instagram, you've seen a few sneak peeks of the room already.

We didn't have the budget to completely overhaul the bathroom. In fact, we wanted to keep the update under $100. That meant paint, new hardware and maybe some new shelves.

We started with the walls. Because it is such a small space, painting the walls was easy, but the effect was immediate. It is amazing what paint can do, seriously.

The cabinets took longer, but the effect was equally as great. My secret weapon was Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint comes in every color you can think of, but I knew that my cabinets needed a little black dress to make them shine. This particular color is called Carbon.

To give the cabinets the stability to withstand average bathroom wear and tear, I used three coats of the Americana Decor Soft-Touch Varnish. My favorite part of the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is that I didn't have to sand the cabinets before applying the paint. After refinishing my kitchen cabinets, I promised that I would never strip and sand cabinets ever again.

We also needed extra storage in the bathroom and more bulky cabinets would just make the room feel smaller. We decided to add floating shelves to give the space the illusion of height to a tight space. The silver hardware matches the silver handles on the cabinets. It pulls the room all together.

I am so happy with the results! A few coats of paint really does wonders. Be sure to follow the rest of my house updates HERE.

Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

***Disclosure: DecoArt provided me with the Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint, but I truly enjoyed the product and would use it again.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dollhouse Remodel with Scrapbook Paper

This project post is a part of a paid marketing campaign with Snap. Although this post is sponsored, the project idea and all opinions expressed are my own. 

A few weeks ago, I did a major happy dance when I went to my mailbox and found a package of goodies from Amy Tangerine

Bundles include: a basic kit, an embroidery kit, an embellishment kit and a stamping kit.
The Amy Tangerine Plus One paper craft collection sold out online and in stores the last time it was available, but fortunately, it is now for sale on HSN in bundles for just under $20 each. And right now, there is a free shipping code at!

Amy's new line of craft supplies and papers are trendy, with fun patterns and unlimited possibilities.  
The sold out Plus One Project Life Mini Kit will also be available at a discounted rate.

 When I opened up the large paper pack, I immediately knew what I wanted to use it for. You see, on a recent stop at DI, I found a little dollhouse for $5. 

Now, as these stories usually start, the dollhouse was very sad looking. It was ugly, for one, had scribbles all over it and the roof was taped together.

But I saw past all that. All I saw was how happy my little girl would be when I gave her a shiny new doll house.

 First things first, I washed it down with hot, soapy water.

When it was dry, I filled in the unfinished wood edges with white, 3M paintable wood filler. After the filler had dried, I sanded the edges down until they were smooth.

I removed the back panel and the roof (which didn’t fit very well anyway). I kept the back piece, but tossed the roof.

When the house was roofless, I painted it with Krylon Dual in white. 

This is where the Amy Tangerine scrapbook paper came into play. While the paint was drying, I measured the floors and the walls of each level and cut coordinating paper to size.

Mod podge people, it is your best friend. I coated the floors and walls with mod podge and adhered the paper to it. When they were dry, I applied a sealing coat on top.

For the roof, I used an unused book spine with a window that would mimic a skylight. I nailed one side of the book to the roof supports, but left the other side unattached so Emi can open up the roof.

 The attic floor is cork. with decorative wash tape.

The sides and back of the house, I covered in woodgrain scrapbook paper.

The second floor is another sheet of Amy Tangerine paper.

The bottom floor is a small piece of carpet remnant from our home remodel. 

I had Emiline draw a few pictures and made them into little art pieces to hang on the walls. 

She loves the finished dollhouse and that happy face I know and love made those $5 and a few hours of time totally worth it. 

Now for accessories! Anyone have good ideas for small pieces of furniture I should figure out how to make?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The How-To Gal Does Studio 5 + Anthropologie Window Displays for the Home

The world inspires me. Everything from snow-capped mountains to a puddle of water to lines of cars on the freeway inspire me. On rough days, I like to put my phone away, turn off my music and just look around. Beauty is everywhere. Sometimes, I head to my favorite department stores, not to buy anything, but to be inspired by displays. Anthropologie is my favorite. They have the best window displays.

What fascinates me about Anthropologie is how they use ordinary objects like corks, nails, cardboard or paper and create magnificent works of art. I knew I could do the same. So I did.

Next time you hit your local thrift store, I want you to look for a large frame. The frame doesn't have to have a fantastic picture in it...or even glass. Just find a large frame and buy it. Take it home and look at it like it was an empty window display. Think about how you would transform that display into something awesome.

For a recent segment on KSL Studio 5, I created three different Anthropolgie-inspired framed art pieces for my home using thrift store frames as a canvas. I made mini-window displays, if you will.

Over the next few days I'll show you have to make these lovely pieces, but here's a preview:

Vintage Paper Roses (tutorial)

You can buy the Flower Shoppe digital image for these flowers from Cricut through next week with 25% off code howtogal25
Art Deco Scallops

Modern Geometric Triangles (tutorial)

Check out the KSL Studio 5 feature here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

A Shoe Storage Solution with Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan

Is my front door the only one that is the gathering place for discarded shoes? I clean up piles like this on a daily basis. Daily. I decided something must be done. For one, the pile is not really easy on the eyes. For another, the shoes were blocking the heating vent.

In my search for a shoe storage solution (yes, I love alliteration) I stumbled upon this little cabinet at a thrift store for $6. I immediately knew it had to come home with me...regardless of whether it worked next to the front door or not. Isn't it cute? I love those legs.

With the help of my good friends at Annie Sloan Unfolded, I was able to transform my sad brown cabinet into the ultimate solution. 

Let me show you how Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan can update your furniture.

I used Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan in the color Florence in addition to the Clear Soft Wax.  

My little assistant pitched in and helped me paint the legs.

With Chalk Paint® you don't need to sand anything!

Because the cabinet was going to hold our shoes, I layered the bottom with glass tiles. I found these on sale for $2 a sheet and used one and a half sheets. The most expensive part was the grout!

When the paint is dry, gently rub some of the Annie Sloan Soft Wax over the cabinet to seal it.

Isn't she so cool?!? I love having a decorated area by the front door (did you check out the Carpe Diem download?) and having decor that serves a practical purpose is a huge plus.

I was provided Chalk Paint® decorative paint by Annie Sloan from Annie Sloan Unfolded, but the experience and opinions are 100% legit.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Top 10 Projects for 2013

2013 was an eventful year for my little family. We bought a new house, began remodeling said house, my parents moved in with us, huge personal changes occurred and I started a new job. And even with all that, The How-To Gal was still able to pump out some amazing projects. This blog has been my creative outlet for almost FIVE years...crazy. Every year I've posted about my favorite projects and in all their glory, I present to you, The How-To Gal's Top 10 Projects for 2013:


For more reminiscing, visit my post on the top projects from 2012!

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