Oh, glorious bathroom project – thank God you are done!! We picked the absolute worst time to gut and remodel our guest bathroom: just before summer (that we had jam packed), and right as I became pregnant with our second, which I was super sick with for the first 16 weeks.

We won’t go into details of how long this truly took, the point is: it’s finished, beautiful and was all done by hand from my amazing husband. Looking at all the work, it amazes me that he did this all himself. There were so many details, hiccups, issues, and he pushed through it all.

Let’s recap what it looked like in the beginning:

Between the original orange/brown shower tile, linoleum and particle board vanity cupboards, this bathroom needed an overhaul badly. The whole house needs one, but let’s just take this room by room for now.

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The demolition was major. We took out the bathtub, all of the tiling, the vanity, mirror, toilet, flooring, lighting, and medicine cabinet. So everything! It was a complete gut and fresh slate. Now time to get to work.

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We were originally going to use some tiles that we had been given from a family member that were sand/taupe colored, but after trying to piece together the others colors I was hoping for, we decided to just go big and buy what we really wanted. It turned out to be a great decision and one that gave us a lot of peace, as I was struggling with the idea of doing this big project only half-right.

I love the look of white, seaglass and then dark colors to contrast. Working with the format of our original bathroom, we picked the following design pallet:

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I love the freshness of white and sea glass mixed together. It reminds me of a spa and it’s in my 70s house! The mirror was a gift from a friend that she had painted. And I love the floor tile because for some reason the way the heat runs in our house, it makes the floor feel heated, without the work put into it.

We also opted to make a built-in where the medicine cabinet was, and it was a great decision! I love the open look.

Here is the finished product!

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We spent many trips to the local home improvement stores, but it all came together beautifully. I love this bathroom and the beauty it brings our home. The kids are lucky as this is their main bathroom!

Resources:

Simpli Home Chelsea Vanity

Delta Shower and Tub Faucet

Delta Nyla 2-Handle Bathroom Faucet

allen + roth Hainsbrook 3-Light Vanity Light

Artic Ice Mosaic Tile (Backsplash and decorative strip)

Daltile Carrara White Bathroom shower tile

MS International Floor Tile

 

 

 

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Who doesn’t love a good freebie? When I saw this chandelier on my local Buy Nothing group, I instantly saw potential with its cute lace-like detail. I envisioned it in white, and decided to spray paint it.

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I knew I wanted it without the glass covering, so those were recycled. I took off the “candle stick” covers to spray white as well.

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Confession: I am learning that I am not very good at spray painting things. I either spray it too concentrated in one spot causing drips or over spray causing thick spots. This chandelier, being metal, plastic and wood was a challenge. I actually went through two different colors (I thought I wanted it antiquey-off-white and hated it so then had to spray the white over that).

It turned out pretty good, and sometimes being a little bad at something can turn into something good. My over spraying and thickening made a cracked look that made it look more aged! I will call that a win. DIY’ing is hard these days…

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Here is the light that was at the landing before (it used to have a smokey brown glass ball around it) that I absolutely hated.

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And here it is now!

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Man oh man, this whole stepping into motherhood with two thing, has really been kicking my booty. I am deciding today to come on to my little personal blog and just share my heart with whoever comes to read it. And the sad thing is, I know that if I look back on the history of this blog, there have been gaps in months that I haven’t written because well, sometimes when life gets crazy, mommy has to put her hobbies on the back burner. Does that mean that it’s right to do that? Of course not, but as they say, something’s gotta give.

Being a newly found stay at home mom has been a mixture of things for me. There is the joys of being with my kids everyday, not having to stress about their care, and getting to experience every little new thing with them. Something I try not to take for granted, but know that I do from time to time. I had been preparing myself as best I could mentally for the transition to two and the transition to staying at home with two. From the time I was pregnant with little G, things were different. It may have been the few scares during the pregnancy, or the stress of being pregnant while still raising a toddler and working full time, but I didn’t feel as connected to him while I was pregnant as I had while pregnant with little M. I now see that I had been in a bit of a prenatal depression. This unfortunately spilled over to after he was born and then manifested into a battle with baby blues, which stuck around too long. After much resistance, I now admit that I have been struggling with postpartum depression.

I have learned that this comes in many shapes and forms. Most people think that if you are wanting to harm yourself or your children, that is how you know you have postpartum depression. So not true. It had been frustrating to have to live with and process what this has meant for me, without the support from doctors. I hardly have time to go to the doctor with two kids, and to fill out a 7 question sheet that primarily asks if you want to harm yourself or your children be the black and white diagnosing tool is very frustrating. Since the sliding scale of my answers pointed to “probably not depressed” I was sent home with a prescription for vitamin D. When I later followed up with a nurse who is supposed to be my specialized care, and I shared with her my concerns, her answer was “I can tell by just looking at you that you don’t have postpartum depression.” How intuitive.

I have been slowly pulling myself out of the black fog that had settled over me by being open and honest. By stating that I am struggling. By having the courage to write a post like this. My hope is that I can help others to not feel so alone. It is scary and isolating to feel this way. To be someone like me that cares (too much) about what others may think of me, the weakness to show vulnerability in my struggles with this illness has been strong. I have been afraid to speak the words that I am having a hard time. But I understand that being this isolated and confused about what has been going on isn’t helping me rebuild, and that writing about it and being vulnerable is how I can best express myself and start the process to truly heal.

A large part of my postpartum depression has been my struggle to find myself in this new role. Finding who you are, in general, is a journey. Seasons of life change as new major events happen. Now that I am 9+ months in to this new gig, I thought I would have it all figured out. Or mostly figured out, but the truth is, I definitely do not. I put a lot of myself into my career. I put a lot into being a working mom. I am a college graduate and am very proud of that, being the first of my siblings to have done so. I worked hard to get where I was in my career. So to make the decision to stay home with the kids was a hard one. But I never thought it would have been this hard on me. Allowing myself to have the time and GRACE to work through this transition and figure out what I need, what my family needs, is essential. I am on the journey to getting there.

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About two years ago, I found an awesome table at a local Goodwill that I had big dreams for. It was pine colored, and needed some TLC, but I had a vision. I wanted to experiment with fabric, and so after painting the table white, I updated it with a fabric table top.

After living with the table at our entry way for 2 years, I started to not appreciate the color choice as my taste changed and I realized it was really hard to keep clean. I was going to sell the piece and get something different, but then I had another vision of what would be better for this table that better fit my style (or the style I want to have!)

I found an awesome 6 pack of reclaimed wood from Hobby Lobby while browsing for craft supplies, that was perfect for what I wanted to do on the table. I bought two packs to make sure I had enough, and brought them home to lay them out on the table. After figuring out how I wanted to lay them out, we did some measurements and got to work cutting the boards to fit the table. We used wood glue to secure them down on the table, right on top of the fabric. We also put a few screws underneath to have the boards lay more flat, as some weren’t laying as flat as I wanted.

It was a nice 2 hour little DIY project and I am LOOOOOVING the results. It has the perfect rustic, farmhouse look that I am being drawn to and now I am so happy that I didn’t end up selling it, as this project update cost under $20!

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Now for something a little more light hearted…

I may be a crazy lady with the things I get myself into sometimes. I get an urge of motivation to complete a DIY project in my house and can’t stop obsessing over it until it is done. Since I’m at home with the kids, I just sit and day dream about all the new things I want to do in the house. I’ve wanted to white- wash the brick on our huge fireplace for some time. That time was apparently nap time on a Tuesday.

For some miracle I got both of the kids down for a nap at the same time and they both napped an oddly long amount of time (thank you Jesus!) We had an open can of white paint from some of our other projects, so I mixed equal parts water with the paint. I used about 2 cups of water and 2 cups of paint. The white-washing paint mix actually goes a long way, so I could have probably just done 1 to 1.

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I started to go through and paint the brick which was scary and exciting at the same time. You have to move very quickly. The brick sucks up the paint mix and also makes it drip down if you’re not careful. I also had a wet cloth handy to do a little scrubbing on the bricks after a row was painted to bring the intensity down a bit. An optional thing to do.

I was happy with how it turned out when done, and it didn’t take too long at all! I stepped back and couldn’t handle the nasty brown wood color. I have wanted to redo our mantel for some time, but that was another project completely  (aka something the hubbs needed to be in on). I looked at the time, looked at the half pail of white paint, and decided to start to paint the wood.

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I was instantly happy with how it was turning out, but whatever kind of wood they used in the 70s was ridiculously gritty and hard to paint. It sucked up each stroke of paint like crazy. I was determined and kept going as far as I could before the kids woke up.

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