Sunday, August 3, 2014

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Home Tour: Master Bathroom {Rox's House}

Since this is not a house we planned on living in for long, we wanted to spend just enough to "update" some necessary features without breaking the bank.

I'm really excited at how much cleaner and pulled together this space feels with minimal work.

The paint job alone totally transforms a room (and is pretty inexpensive).

 The bathroom was paint a wheat yellow before.

Again, I say, don't judge me.

I probably painted this room about 7 or 8 years ago and CAREFULLU selected this color.

Let's just say I'm so glad it's gone.

I continued the same gray paint we used in the rest of the house (a 5 gallon bucket of Farrell Calhoun Paint was used on every wall in our 1200 square foot house and we still have some to spare!)

I then spray painted the brass light fixture, towel ring, and towel bar.

M made the frame for the mirror using simple white wood from Home Depot.  We painted it with leftover black outdoor paint from our front and back doors (if you take on this project, make sure to paint the back of the wood as well, at least along the inside'll be able to see it because of the the double-paned mirrors).

We then applied wood glue (gorilla glue, to be favorite), placed them directly on the edge of the mirror, and secured them with painter's tape until they dried.

We let them dry about 6-8 hours just to be sure and they haven't budged!

And just so you can see that a simple bathroom update doesn't have to cost an arm and leg, here's a cost breakdown:

Shower Curtain Rod: $20
Wall Paint: Free (Leftover)
Oil-Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint: $8
White Wood (Mirror Frame): $15
Frame Paint: Free (Leftover)
Toilet Handle: $7

TOTAL: $50

Have you done any home updates on a budget?

Please share your projects with us (  We'd love to feature you on our blog!

Happy Thursday, y'all!


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Everyday Threads

Shirt: Thrifted // Skinnies: Target // Sandals: Target // Head Wrap:  Oh, Sweet Joy // Necklaces: Target
I've been stuck in rut.

I literally have been wearing workout clothes EVERYDAY.  'Good Job, Jess!' you may say...

But, no.  I fell off the P90X wagon soon after telling you about it... I am NOT working out everyday...

I feel like I need to wear my workout clothes so it LOOKS like there's a reason I look grubby.  Tell me I'm not the only one!  Plus, yoga pants are don't even try to argue with that one!

It took a teensy bit more effort to get ready this morning, but it was worth it.  I have nothing special happening today... but changing diapers is a little more 'fun' with lipstick on!

Outfit deets:  LOVE my head wrap (gift from ROX!) from Oh, Sweet Joy.  I have 2 day old hair so it's getting a little rough.. My head wrap makes dressing cute a little more possible!  She has a lot of prints and different styles.

Just scored my sandals from Target for $15! Score!

Target jeans are fantastic. Cheap and quite a few styles to choose from.. I have high-waisted skinnies (comfy and stretchy!) that are PERFECT for post-baby bodies!  I can't wait to style them to showcase the fantastic waistline of these jeans!  They are very modern-meets-vintage.

Thanks for reading, friends!  And thanks for sharing in my accomplishment of getting dressed today!!


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Rox's Master Bedroom Tour

If you remember me mentioning back in December, my family sold our house and moved back into our old house that we had been renting out.

We hoped to only live here long enough to do some updating and then put it on the market.

We are anxious to move into the next town where we are planting a church.

While I was trying to be optimistic about how much time it would take to paint every interior and exterior wall, purchase new appliances, fix up the yard, and numerous other projects, I don't think M and I would have ever predicted that we could possibly be moving twice in 6 months.


We are tired but ready to sell this house!

One of the last painting jobs I completed inside was our Master Bedroom.

We contemplated leaving the room the way it was because the paint job was still pretty good and I didn't think the color was the time.

But now seeing the before and after pictures, I am SO glad I took the time to complete this before listing!

It's crazy what a little paint can do!  

Doesn't the room look so much bigger and less "cave-like"?

And I just thought I would keep it real with y'all again with the before picture - this was amidst the chaos that ensued the week before listing.

Chaos, I tell you.

And here are some other views of our room.

In the top right picture you can see our closet on the right and the Master Bath on the left.

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention my purchase that finished my Master Bedroom update - the lamps!

If you scroll back up, you can catch a glimpse of the tiny lamps we had before. 

I knew either the lamps had to change or the decor above the bed.

I've been dying to purchase new lamps but it just hasn't been in the budget.

BUT, I've had a little side job for the past week and had a little to spend.

I thought I would check my regular stops one more time (Marshall's, TJ Maxx, Home Goods, and Target), and I found these babies on clearance at Marshall's for $24 each.....shade included!

If you've ever shopped around for lamps, this price is unheard of!  

Ok, maybe I'm a nerd.....but finding a good deal made my day!

Happy Thursday, y'all!


Tuesday, May 6, 2014

{DIY} Chalk Paint & Tinted Wax

Y'all, this might be old news to you.  IF NOT, join in the fun of CHALK PAINT!  Annie Sloan has hit the DIY world by storm with her lovely paint-y ways... distressed furniture heaven...

BUT, I have yet to use hers... Shame on ME!  My DIY is totally a knock-off, and I can't tell you how it compares.  I just know I love the result and think it looks similar at least to what I've seen painted with Annie Sloan's paint.

I started out with 'Oops' or 'Mis-tinted' paint from Wal-Mart (also can be found at Home Depot and Lowe's).  I found a FANTASTIC soft, mustard-y yellow that looked even MORE fantastic at 50% off.  
Here's the chalk paint recipe I used:
1/2 cup baking soda
3 Tbsp. water
1 cup paint

Mix baking soda and water into a paste.  Add paint to paste until completely incorporated.  Use immediately OR let sit for a 'chalkier' texture.
(I've done both.. letting it sit does allow for a thicker first coat of paint)

-I used a small paint roller for the first coat on the large area, but a paint brush proved to be just as fast.  There's not need for the strokes to be absolutely perfect.  This is supposed to look OLD so the sloppier the better! 

-The second coat covered the rest of the table.  I didn't need an extra thick coat since I wanted the dark stain to show through.

-After the paint dried (it dries quickly!!), I lightly sanded all over the table but especially on the edges.  I made sure to allow the original stain show through on the places that would naturally be bumped and scraped.

-For tinted wax, I used Minwax Paste Finishing Wax (found at Home Depot) and Minwax PolyShades in Antique Walnut and Bombay Mahogany.  There really was no specific recipe here.  I just scraped out a good amount of wax into a tupperware bowl, poured in a little of the PolyShade, and mixed it until it was incorporated.  Using an old T-Shirt, towel, cheesecloth, or even one of Annie Sloan's special waxing brushes (which I hear are fantastic!), rub the tinted wax in small circles until the desired look is achieved. I suggest to test it out on a discreet corner of the table (or whatever you're painting) to see if you like the shade.  My first try was a little light so I just added the PolyShade until I was happy with the tint.  Also, rubbing in CLEAR wax BEFORE using the tinted wax prevents the color of the actual paint changing shades... instead, the wax just gets into the cracks and crevices.

If you WANT, you can finish it off with a coat of clear wax.

And.  THAT. Is how it's done.

I can't tell you how much I love my new table!!
I may or may not be obsessed with DIY chalk paint...
I may or may not have done a bunch of other projects because I loved it so much...
I may or may not have quite a few other projects up my sleeve...

What do you think??

Thanks so much for reading, friends!


(Recipe for Chalk Paint recipe found HERE!)