Bookcase Makeover

I’m so excited to share this one with you guys!! I had this old bookcase/filing cabinet that I almost got rid of, can you believe it? After I decided that I could transform this thing into something beautiful, I told my husband to get his tools ready, because I have dreamed up something special. I knew with a little bit of molding (okay, a lot of molding) and some paint, we could turn this into a show stopper. I don’t want to keep you in suspense anymore, so here is the before and after: 


This project really was just a matter of attaching a lot of different moldings to the bookcase, adding feet, changing the hardware, painting it with Annie Sloan chalk paint, and finishing it off with a glaze. 

Here are some pictures of the different molding we used:

 We added a small crown molding and a strip of dental molding to the top.
We then framed out trim on the sides.
We used a bigger version of the frame molding for the drawer fronts because they were so large.
 This is a before picture of the side.
This is in process during painting/glazing while waiting on my husband to work on the moldings. 

As you can see in the pics, the moldings were all made from different materials, that’s okay because it was all getting covered with paint! All of the moldings were purchased at Home Depot. I found the glaze and the handles at hobby lobby. Annie Sloan paint is only sold in specialty shops, I found mine at a local store called “Two Old Birds” in Raleigh, NC. 

I still need to style the bookcase, I will post pics of that along with the rest of my office update in a later post. 

DIY Mud Bench

This project has actually been done for quite a while, but life got in the way of me sharing it with you. I will start by saying that the majority of this work (minus the vision, painting, and baskets) was all done by my amazing husband. Our home was built in the ’90s and therefore lacked the modern amenity of a mud bench in the laundry area. We had a blank wall between our laundry room and guest bath that was the perfect home for one. 

This is by no means a “how-to” post, but I did want to share the construction progress of how we got to the finished product. I am obsessed with molding and am so glad we were able to incorporate quite a bit of it into this project. I think those little details are what take it to the next level. 

It looks like it’s always been there, doesn’t it?!

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Happy DIYing! 🙂

Guest Bathroom Redo

I must say, our upstairs guest bathroom is the least used bathroom in our house and now officially my favorite! My husband just finished the marble floor with a hexagon mosaic inlay and I’m in love. 

This was the most dated bathroom in the house when we bought it, but with a few upgrades and some DIY projects, it is looking MUCH better!

Here are a few before pics of the bathroom. Unfortunately, we get very carried away with our projects, and I often forget to take a lot of good before pics, but hopefully you get the idea from these. 

A few months after we moved in, we had the granite counter top put in. We also replaced the faucets, toilet paper holder, and added towel hangers. We then used oil rubbed bronze spray paint to update the lights as well as the cabinet pulls.

Oiled rubbed bronze spray paint and new globes was all we needed to update these brass light fixtures. I don’t have any before pictures, but if you can picture gold with white tulip glass, that’s what these were!

Last weekend, my husband did the floors all by himself!! I have to give you a better idea of the floor since he did such an amazing job on it. I’ll post more in-process photos of that project at a later time. We also put a fresh coat of Benjamin Moore’s decorator white paint on the cabinet because the previous “white” looked very dingy next to the new marble. 

I was a little nervous about mixing marble and granite, but I really love how it came together!

We’re holding off on doing anything with the shower tile right now. As I said in the beginning, this bathroom really isn’t used, and given that the tile in the shower is white, it works for now. We may replace it later, but we have other projects higher on the priority list!!

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