Hallway Bathroom Makeover {Part I}

Disclaimer: This project was worked on almost 2 years ago and for some reason unknown to me I have never posted about it! So here we go!

If you live in a house that hasn’t been updated since the 70’s then there is a very good chance you’re rocking a bathroom with some type of unflattering colored tile.  At least that is what was happening over here.  Not only does our hall bath have some awesome yellow tile but at one point it had some metallic wallpaper, and not the trendy kind 😉 The wallpaper had been taken down and that’s pretty much the state it had been in until we decided to fix it up.  On top of not being the best looking bathroom it also was not a functioning one either.  Here is what it looked like right before we got in there and tackled it.
Let’s start with that vanity…I mean, fit for Big Bird or what!

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 You can see some remnant of the wallpaper still stuck to the side of the mirror here.

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Random medicine cabinet in the middle of the wall.

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Yup, the wallpaper went all the way onto the ceiling as well.Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleHall Bathroom Makeover @Made2Style

That toilet paper dispenser eerily reminded me of the toilet paper roll mirror I made. 
Hall Bathroom Makeover @Made2StyleNow we weren’t doing a full reno but our list of to do’s consisted of 
1. Replacing the vanity
2. Replacing the toilet
3. Skim coating the walls
4. Painting walls and ceiling
5. Adding crown molding
6. Framing out mirror
7. Clean/replace grout on floor tile
8. Remove medicine cabinet behind door and patch existing hole
9. Replace recessed light with hanging pendent
10. replace faceplates/outlet covers

Unfortunately removing the yellow tile was not on our list. Hence this post being called Part 1.   We also thought that by taking the tile down it would mean we would have to replace all the sheetrock but after seeing how skilled our handyman was at skim coating we quickly realized that we wouldn’t need new sheetrock so we removed what we could outside of the bath/shower. We definitely plan to get rid of it but for now we need to work with what we have and that’s yellow tile.

As far as painting the walls the only color I could think of to do that would work with the yellow tile is gray. After looking at a few colors we settled with Gray Owl by Benjamin Moore.  We put a sample on the wall and loved it, it looked like the perfect gray for the room. That was until we painted the room and realized that the gray was really green gray, insert rolling eyes. After replacing everything here is what we have going on today, but first a before.

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And now…for now.Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverI love the way the colors and molding came out. Although the gray is not what I thought it would be, once all the yellow is gone the color will look that much better. Enlight1And this vanity, ugh! I love this vanity! Hall Bathroom MakeoverHall Bathroom MakeoverThe idea we have for part 2 is to get rid of all the yellow tile in the shower and replace it with white subway tile. Outside of the tub we want to put up some board and batten. Hopefully when we get it done it won’t take me 2 years to post about it! 

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My Beautiful Bridal Shower

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I’ve written a post but it turns out planning a wedding takes a lot of work! I will admit the entire process has been quite daunting and a ton of work. Being the DIYer that I am I wanted to take on at least one task so I decided to make my own invitations. I’ve made tons of invitations before so I knew what to expect but being that these were our wedding invitations it quickly became a much bigger deal! I’m happy to say they turned out just as I wanted and the response cards are slowly rolling in! The wedding is less than 2 months away and the excitement is really starting to build now! 

This past weekend my amazing mother and MOH, my best friend, threw me the most beautiful shower a girl could ask for! I didn’t know anything about it other than the date and the location.  It was held at the same restaurant that Frank and I had brunch the morning he proposed to me, The Bedford Post Inn in Bedford, NY. My best friend took on the task of decorating the space and there was no way I couldn’t come on here and share it because she blew me away!! I seriously think she needs to start a party planning business! The theme she went with was blush and gold…I mean could she know me any better?? 

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerI love the rose gold and gold spray painted bottles! Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerDSC08317Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerDSC08318Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

This dessert table was everything!! My incredibly talented cousin (who is a baker) created this gorgeous and equally delicious cake for me! I was obsessed with it! DSC08305 2

Look at the detail work she put into this! Can you imagine? She placed each of those edible pearls on all by hand! Labor of love for sure!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal ShowerThe setting was as amazing as the day was!

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Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerHere are a few pictures from when I first walked in. This picture clearly shows my reaction when I saw everything!Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerBlush & Gold Bridal Shower

Me and the soon to be Mr. Blush & Gold Bridal ShowerAnd my beautiful best friend who created all this gorgeousness that you just witnessed! I don’t know what I would do without her! 
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For those who have been asking, the skirt I wore that day was made for me by Welcome to Royalty I was so in love with it! I literally felt like Cinderella in it! I went to Joann’s and purchased a gold sequin ribbon to create a belt to give it a little touch of sparkle and the lace top was one I already owned!  

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We are officially 50 days away from the wedding and I cannot wait!! 

{Stool Makeover} Gold Dipped Legs

The school year is off to a great start! I must say I’ve got a cute class or at least they have me believing that! The verdict is still out 😉 While putting my classroom together over the summer I came across a stool that someone was tossing and I am all about turning trash to treasure so naturally I did a little makeover!

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I started by giving the top a light sanding since there were some worn out spots.  I also followed it up with some wood filler in between the pieces of wood since I felt that the paint would fall inside those cracks and not allow for a smooth finish.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI had a quart of primer that I began brushing on and it took me about 5 minutes before I realized I was crazy and went and got some spray paint of the primer instead.  With there being so many sides to tackle with the legs it was very hard brushing the primer on and spraying it made it soo much eaiser! When I had sprayed some paint over a part the I had brushed for whatever reason this happened…
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I mean really? Since the paint was still wet I used a paper towel to wipe as much off as I could and then sanded the rest off and re-painted. Point of this? Not every project runs smoothly!Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleNext I used what I had for paint and even mixed some colors to make sure I had enough.

Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI would recommend using spray paint for this but I didn’t want to spend any money on this project so I was all about using what I had.
Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleI left the bottoms free of the blue paint because I wanted to paint those gold. To make sure the gold went up the same length on all legs I simply cut a piece of paper and marked how high it was and then added painter’s tape all around.Stool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleStool Makeover - Gold Dipped Legs I Made2StyleThen with some gold spray paint I sprayed the bottoms! Of course I don’t remember what I used #bloggerfail
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And here it is in its new home!

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Hopefully I can get around to updating my classroom photos! In the meantime you can check out the last time I posted some photos here!

Kitchen Table Makeover

Ah kitchen tables.  I always go back and fourth with my feelings for them.  In my old apartment I ended up tossing the one I had because I found that I never actually ate at it. It just became the place where all my crap went.  When I moved into the house I was delighted to find a table with some medieval looking chairs to go with it (pure sarcasm.)  The table itself was not terrible but the chairs had to go.  A year later I am finally taking care of that! 

I must say the one thing I promised myself was that I wouldn’t allow the table to get full of clutter and I have lived up to it because it is always free of crap. In fact several people have said that since I’ve moved in it’s the first time they’ve seen what the kitchen table looks like! I guess I wasn’t the only one with that issue! 
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We actually use this table everyday. Frank comes home for lunch everyday and this is where we eat so keeping in mind that other than being a piece in the room I needed to make sure that the top got some good protection when redoing it.
The first step was getting new chairs. I love the look of tables with wood tops and white legs so that’s what I was going to try to achieve.  I donated the chairs to Good Will and purchased these 4 chairs from Target.
f64ef0ca8bddfe2094798db646a5d5cdI had decided that the table top stain would be Weather Oak so those yellowy chair seats wouldn’t really work.  As soon as the chairs arrived I sanded the seats down with my palm sander and restained them with the Weathered Oak. You can see below the 3 seats I sanded and the one I hadn’t done yet.

Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleThen I applied the stain and then the wax to seal it all in.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleOk so chairs are done now it’s time to get to the table! I worked on it outside since I would be using the sander. Here is the table.
Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleThis table top clearly needs some TLC.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleI’m going to let you in on a little secret product that will save your life doing this and that’s Rock Miracle. It seriously is a miracle! You guys this stripper is better than anything you’ll see at Chippendales! And just like the real deal you need to make sure you wear protection!
Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleA throw away brush will be helpful for you to apply the product on and make sure that your putty knife is flexible so when you’re scraping off the varnish you don’t dent the wood.
I read about a few strippers online and most of them required you to apply the stripper and let it sit for awhile, sometimes for hours. Not this stuff! I put it on and by the time I was done applying it I started scraping it off. It started to eat away at the varnish immediately and I found it easier to scrape off when it was still wet rather than let it dry.
Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleYou’ll want to toss the varnish away in a metal or glass can. It will eat away at plastic so don’t even try it. After one pass I applied another layer and scraped it away.  I did this 4 times until all the varnish and a few layers of stain were removed.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleNext step was to start sanding down to the bare wood. I used a medium grit and then a fine grit to smooth it all out.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleI love the different tones within the wood.  I brushed on a thick coating of the Weathered Oak stain and left it on for 10 minutes and then wiped it off.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleAfter giving it 24 hrs to dry I applied the protective wax and buffed off. Once done I flipped the table over to start working on the legs.
Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleI was planning on priming so I didn’t go crazy sanding but some areas really needed it.

Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleAfter smoothing it all out I put on 2 coats of Zinsser oil based primer and then Benjamin Moore paint in White.Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleOk…let’s take a look back at the before so you can appreciate the after. I AM OBSESSED!!
Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleAFTER:Kitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleKitchen Table Makeover via Made2StyleThere are so many things I love about this table.  The chairs alone make such a dramatic difference. The chair backs are so much lower than what we had that you have more sight of the kitchen and even the view outside the sliding door. The fact that it’s so much lighter brightens the room and it feels like we gained more space in the kitchen even thought we didn’t. And let’s talk about the tabletop, ugh..love it so much!
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There’s nothing like making something old look brand new! 

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Tray Table Makeover

About 5 years ago I attended what is called the Ultimate Family Yard Sale. It’s held on an airport lot and people can rent tables to sell their stuff or you can go to buy.  I had gone one year to check it out and then ended up coming back the next year to rent a table.  When I was walking around scoping out the tables a tray table totally caught my eye.  It turned out the table was not for sale it was just there to hold items that were.  Lucky for me, I’m a smooth talker and convinced the woman to sell it to me. I had so many ideas for it but like a lot of the furniture pieces I own it made its way into the pile and I forgot all about it.  Fast forward to now. I was looking for a little side table to place next to the upholstered chair in our living room and the tray table came to mind.  I knew it would need a little freshening up so I gave it a fresh paint job and a new top.

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I used Zinsser oil based primer to start with.Tray Table MakeoverTray Table MakeoverTray Table Makeover

Then I used Rustoleum’s Champagne as the color. 

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The bamboo base in the tray was not really working for me so I went to my local glass and mirror shop and had a mirror cut to size. Easy peasy! Glad to have finally put the table to use!
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Do you hoard furniture like myself? No? Just me huh…great. 😉

{HOW TO} Painting Upholstery

You read it right! It is possible.  I myself was skeptical about the whole putting paint on fabric and it actually working but I am here to tell you that it is possible! The key to making it work is water and fabric medium.  The fabric medium is what softens the paint so that your fabric doesn’t become super stiff and the water helps to be able to spread the paint evenly along the fabric.

Let’s take a peek at my victim.

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This chair was not mine to begin with and it also happens to have a matching partner so since I had no attachment to it and there was another just like it I was willing to give this whole painting thing a try.  What’s the worst that could happen? It doesn’t work and I’d have to toss it? Sounds good to me.

The chair itself worked fine in the corner but the color was not working with the rest of the living room.  While the space is pretty neutral there are a few pops of blue throughout the room so I wanted to keep that going with the chair.  The color I chose was wedgewood grey from Benjamin Moore.  To get started I brought the chair to a well ventilated area, the garage.  Here’s what you’ll need:

A large spray bottle
A quart of paint (latex, chalk, acrylic…doesn’t matter)
3  8 oz. bottles of Fabric Medium (found at any craft store)
Measuring Cup
Paint Brush

You will be doing 3 coats of the paint on the fabric letting each coat dry for 24hrs. This is not something you will complete in one afternoon.  The first thing you’ll need to do is make sure the fabric is clean of dirt, dust or anything else.

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First Coat:
Mix 1 part paint with 1 part fabric medium
Mix 1 part water to 1 part paint mixture
In other words: if you used 1/2 cup of paint and 1/2 cup of medium you will now add 1 cup of water

The mixture will be super thin and that is what you want.  Think of it as more of a stain than anything else. Now this is where you’ll want to grab your water bottle. Before you begin painting the fabric you will need to spray the section your working on heavily with the water. The reason for this is it allows the paint to absorb easily and spread better rather than the fabric just soaking up the paint in blotches. 

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Brush the paint mixture on in the direction that the fabric goes. You can go against the fabric in order to really work it in just make sure that the last stroke you do in the section you brush in the right direction. Continue to spray the water and brush on the paint. Here is what the chair was looking like after the first coat on half the chair.

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After you do the entire piece allow 24hrs for it to dry. Before you start the next coat you can go in with sandpaper (220 grit) and smooth over any parts that might be hard.  It won’t dust or anything the fabric will just soften a bit.

Second Coat
Use the same exact mixture as you did for the first coat.

You’re going to follow the same directions as you did for the first coat. Spray area with water and then brush on in sections. Here’s it after the second coat. I chose not to waste paint on the part where the cushion would cover it.

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Third Coat
Mix 1 part paint with 1 part fabric medium
Drop of water

Your paint mixture will be a bit thicker this time around.  You will continue to spray the fabric with water before you brush the paint on.  Once you’ve done the entire piece you’re done! All that’s left to do is let it dry. To say that the fabric is as soft as it was prior to painting would be a lie but it is not terrible.  I would describe the fabric as feeling a bit like a canvas texture.

Here is what I learned from doing this:
1. The color you choose may become a bit lighter due to the white colored fabric medium you add to it.
2. Don’t be afraid to brush in all directions to allow the fabric to absorb the paint.
3. It looks worse before it gets better.
4. The color will become much more opaque the longer it sits and dries.
5. Corners and edges will become hard and stiff so make sure you sand those areas well to avoid that.
6. The hardest part is spraying the chair with the water. Your forearm will burn! 

Here’s what it looks like back in its space. I added a few other items to help bring it alive! 

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Here are some shots of the rest of the living room since I’ve never posted the space in its entirety.

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And let’s get back to why you’re here in the first place!Painting Upholstery

So do you think you’ll give that old chair you have a little paint job? Let me know if you do!
Come back later this week when I share how I brought the tray table next to the chair to life!

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{Exterior Design} Deck Makeover

The unofficial start of summer has arrived and I couldn’t be more excited! It’s amazing how happy leaves on trees can make me! One of the many things I love about this home is that when all the trees are in bloom it feels like we are surrounded by a forest and are completely secluded from the rest of the world especially when you’re laying out on the deck in the back of the house.  Last summer I thought about how I could make the deck a more inviting space.  It spans the entire width of the house so it’s quite long.  There are three areas: The dining table, the lounge chairs, and two patio chairs with ottomans.  I decided to make better use of the patio chairs. Here is what the space looked like.

Deck MakeoverThe chairs are good chairs and work well with the space.  The problem with having all of these trees around us is that there is always fallout from them.  From this angle the chairs look fine but if you step a little closer you’ll see that the cushions have seen better days!

Deck MakeoverDeck MakeoverThe first order of business was ordering some new and also thicker cushions. Something else that is all over these cushions is cat hair.  We have an outdoor cat that loves to sit in these chairs and so my plan was to keep the old cushions and place them on the chairs when we weren’t using them so that she won’t ruin the new ones. First, I had to clean these guys up! Nothing that a little soap and elbow grease can’t fix! I hosed them down, put a little Dawn on them and with a scrubbing brush went up and down and rinsed them off.

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Voila! Like new again! 
The next step was making the space esthetically pleasing so I ordered this Moroccan Trellis outdoor rug from my favorite place to buy rugs- RugsUSA. After clearing out the space I laid the rug down.

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I used some of the planters that we made to hold the edges down.  By the way, I am obsessed with the planter on the right.  We had a bunch of flowers left over from the other planters we did and just put them all in one pot and it is by far my favorite one!

The next thing I wanted to tackle was finding a gazebo that would fit in the space.  Not only would it create this separate space but it would help to keep all of the fallout from the trees from landing all over the deck/furniture! I looked all over and found a few but they were all either too flimsy or not what I was looking for.  I ended up finding an amazing one from Hayneedle. Not only was it so incredibly easy to put up and will be just as easy to take down in the fall/winter but when I called to get some more info on the height of the piece their customer service rep was so helpful and sweet I probably would have bought it even if it didn’t fit! 

So here is what the space looks like now.  A little before/after! 

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Deck MakeoverDeck MakeoverAnd of course to ensure that our new cushions don’t get ruined we continue to place the old ones on top so that little Miss Asia can still have her spot!

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I also freshened up the rest of the deck and added some more planters.  A few weeks ago we got a dumpster at the house and my boyfriend found these old tool boxes full of nails and he was just about ready to toss them when I looked at him like he was crazy and said we could turn them into planters.  He then looked at me like I was crazy!

Deck MakeoverWe drilled some drainage holes at the bottom and filled them with a bunch of different plants along with some other planters for the deck.

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We also replaced all of the dated light fixtures as well!

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Such a difference in look and lighting! It’s amazing how much brighter our deck is at night now. I even kept one as a souvenir next to our lounge chairs.  I’m pretty sure someone is going to toss that soon!  
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And the dining area. I’d love to add a rug under the table and a few accessories but for now I can deal!

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The whole space has really come together and we find ourselves out here all the time!  If you click on this photo below you can get a real feel for the space!

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