Updating your Bathroom on a Budget

Updating your Bathroom on a Budget

Updating Your Bathroom on a Budget: It’s EASY!

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by LNC Home; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Bathroom Mini Reno on a Very Small Budget: Make the impossible, possible!

We had one last item to add to this bathroom after a mini bathroom renovation and that was our 3 Light Modern Wall Sconce  .

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The before picture below is the day we purchased our home. It has really come so far on such a low budget!

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Decor Through the Years: Styles can Change!

I would like to say that my decor tastes and styles have changed over the years. Some may believe I am scared of color because most of my home is now neutral but if you look closely, you will see color throughout my home! The photo below is what our bathroom looked like before the mini bathroom reno began. We had a very bright pink in the bathroom along with a black and white accent colors. Paris was the theme that my girls wanted! 

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We decided to have a very small budget when it came to this mini reno, since it was the upstairs bathroom and is rarely used!

Budget Reno Details: DIY’s

For this mini reno, we removed the popcorn ceiling along with patching, painting the ceiling. I painted the walls in Lazy Gray from Sherwin Williams. I also painted all the baseboards, window and door with Ibis White from Sherwin Williams. I had the trim paint on hand.

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I stripped the varnish/black paint off the vanity cabinet and painted the inside and outside with my DIY Chalk Paint. I applied a product called Ardex to the existing countertop, which is similar to concrete countertops. I added three coats of a clear sealer on it as well!  I did purchase new knobs and drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby when they were 50% so they were only $10! I re-used the existing shelf liner to the inside of the drawers and cabinet.

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I purchased small plastics bins to help organizer the inside of the drawers and cabinet form Target. They were very budget friendly at $2 for a four pack!

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My husband made a frame for the existing mirror and I stained it. The wood and stain were items that we had on hand from other various projects!

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We also added new hardware throughout the bathroom! I added a shower curtain and rug from Wal-Mart. I also added several baskets/greenery from Hobby Lobby. Most all of the decor were items that we basically already had on hand. The amber glass dispensers  were only $14 from Amazon. I added the labels with my Silhouette Machine!

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I painted the little table with my diy chalk paint. It was an inherited item from my Mom-Maw. I did purchase a new lamp shade for $8 for the white lamp. I sewed the curtain and added the monogram. (I made the curtain years ago.)  We hung a vintage window that we got for free off of Facebook Marketplace. The wood frames with greenery were a DIY with items we already had on hand. We found the hanging light fixture at a local thrift store for $6, several years back. I spray painted it black with spray paint that we already had on hand.

Budget Friendly Bathroom Light Fixture: 3 Light Modern Wall Sconce

Lighting is a huge part of any room transformation. A well-chosen vanity light becomes a focal point, setting the scene.

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I knew I wanted to replace the existing vanity light because it did not flow with our mini reno. Here is where my friends over at LNC Home into play! I found the  3 Light Modern Wall Sconce and knew it would be perfect for our bathroom!! Plus it was the finishing touch to this mini bathroom reno!

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3 Light Modern Wall Sconce: Farmhouse Style

This vanity light is made of metal with a silver painting finish. The simple lines and colors are full of retro style, creating a great atmosphere for you, which is ideal for your farmhouse style bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, doorways, barns and entryway.

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One of the best things about this light fixture is that it is budget friendly at only $89.99!! We are so happy with how the 3 Light Modern Wall Sconce finished up our mini reno in our girls bathroom!! Please check out LNC Home! They have many decor items for your home at budget friendly prices; from rugs to light fixtures to furniture and cushions! I know you will enjoy browsing their store!

Total Cost: Budget Friendly

Ardex-$30

Clear Sealer for Countertop-$25

Citri Stripe-$0-Had on hand

Cabinet & Table Paint-$0- Had on hand

Lazy Gray SW Wall Paint-$45

Cabinet Knobs/Pulls-$10
Plastic Storage Drawer Bins-$6

New Fixtures/Hardware-$0-Collab with Pfister

Amber Dispensers-$14

Lamp Shade-$8

Shower Curtain, Rug and towel-$50

Other Decor Items-$0-Had on hand

Hanging Light Fixture-$0-Had on hand

3 Light Sconce-$0-Collab with LNC

Total-$193

Hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our mini bathroom reno on a budget! We are making our home decor dreams come true, one at a time and of course on a small budget!!

❤️~Shae

Let the Sun Shine In with Kirklands

Let the Sun Shine In with Kirklands

Let the Sunshine in  with Kirklands

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Adding a Touch of Sunshine:

With everyone spending more time at home, I wanted to bring a little more sunshine into our dining room space. I am slowly adding more touches of boho to our home. Come along and see what I found at Kirklands that helps just bring a smile to my face every day!

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Large Macrame Handwoven Wall Hanging:

I have been looking for a large macrame wall hanging for quite some time! I fell in love with this Large Macrame Handwoven Wall Hanging  . It gives your wall a bohemian, textured look! I am enjoying its natural appeal because it’s eye catching as you walk into our dining room!

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The Large Macrame Handwoven Wall Hanging can fit many different decor styles from bohemian to vintage to cottage or farmhouse! I love how versatile it is for different types of decor!

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Succulent Arrangement in Clay Pot:

I am loving this little Succulent Arrangement in Clay Pot  . It is so realistic looking and it feels real to the touch!  I am enjoying its hues of white, green and tan!! The Succulent Arrangement in Clay Pot will add a touch of greenery to any decor!!

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Sunshine Well Received:

I am thankful to be enjoying these beautiful pieces in my home from Kirklands. They have decor to fit so many different styles and at great prices too! If you have any questions, please let me know! Which is your favorite item? Let me know in the comments!

❤️-Shae

Exploring St. Augustine, Florida: History and Culture

Exploring St. Augustine, Florida: History and Culture

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St. Augustine: History 

In June of this year, we had the pleasure of visiting St. Augustine, on the Atlantic cost of northeastern Florida. St. Augustine is a gem situated neatly along the shores of the Matanzas River and holds heavy historical significance! The Southern and Spanish-influenced St. Augustine, Florida was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and it is the oldest inhabited European-established settlement in the United States. When you are walking around on its centuries-old cobblestone streets, you will instantly feel like you are either in Europe or Old Florida, depending on which street you’re on! It’s a charming escape for anyone wanting to take a vacation!

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St. Augustine: Arrival

The Bridge of Lions will take you across the Matanzas River to the heart of the historic old town. Once across the bridge you have the choice of turning left on Avenida Menendez to the marina and sight-seeing cruises or right to the Castillo de San Marcos. You can also continue straight ahead on Cathedral Street into the heart of downtown.

 

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St. Augustine: Beaches 

One of the reasons we wanted to travel to St. Augustine was for the beaches! The beaches are so pretty! With a historic city being one of its main attractions, don’t forget about the  beaches near St. Augustine! From their sunrises to sunsets, they are stunning!

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Located on Anastasia Island, a barrier island off the mainland, St Augustine Beach has a natural feel with a wide beach and lots of good surf and shorebirds!

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St. Augustine: Lighthouse & Museum 

While traveling, one of our family goals is to visit every lighthouse we come by! The St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum was a highlight for our entire vacation! When we arrived at the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum  , we were greeted by Daniel Lee, who  took us on a tour of the property and we learned quite a bit of history about the lighthouse. He was very welcoming and informative on the history of the lighthouse.

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History: Pre-1862 

The story of the the current lighthouse in St. Augustine is not the original St. Augustine Lighthouse. The Spanish constructed the tower that became the first lighthouse in 1737. They used a naturally occurring stone called coquina to construct the original tower. The coquina tower replaced wooden watchtowers the Spanish built dating back to the beginnings of Spanish Florida.

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A map of Francis Drake’s 1586 raid on St. Augustine reveals the presence of a small tower on Anastasia Island. The map refers to the tower as “a Beacon or high scaffold standing on the sand hills, wherein the Spaniards did use to discover the ships at sea.” In 1823, John Rodman, Collector of St. Augustine, wrote to Stephen Pleasonton, Fifth Auditor of the U.S. Treasury, that despite the tower’s presence, “…it was never built for a lighthouse or used as one, but merely a look-out-house. The location is well suited…but a great proportion of the tower, nearly one half, is not sufficiently strong to bear any greater elevation either if wood or stone work.” 

John (Juan) Andreu became first keeper of Florida’s first official U.S. lighthouse in St. Augustine. Not only is he one of the first, he also holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic-American to serve in the Coast Guard and the first to oversee a federal installation of any kind.

Juan Andreu served as keeper until 1845 and the records are unclear as to who took over and served as lighthouse keeper from 1845 to 1849. John (Juan) Carrera served as keeper from 1849 until his death in 1853. Joseph took care of the lighthouse until his death, which he fell, while painting the lighthouse.

Joseph’s wife Maria Mestre de los Dolores Andreu was appointed keeper in place of her deceased husband. The Coast Guard recognizes Maria Andreu as the first Hispanic-American woman to serve in the Coast Guard. Maria was the lighthouse keeper from 1859-1862.

History: Current 

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The current St. Augustine Lighthouse is nestled among live oaks and beautiful Spanish moss making a stunning nautical canopy. Also located on the property is Maritime Museum, along with the light keepers house.

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There is also the Maritime Hammock which is a natural area that the coastline formed when it receded, creating stabilized beach dunes that allowed for larger growth trees.

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There is even a cute gift shop located on the property as well!

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St. Augustine Lighthouse: Climbing the lighthouse

To climb the lighthouse, you will need to climb 219 stairs! Trust me when I say that is is worth it! There are eight landings and even one with a bench. Plenty of space for others to walk past you and if needed, space for a break!

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When you walk into the lighthouse, walk to the first set of stairs, go to the very middle and look up! This is the view that you will see!

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The view from the top is amazing! We had a couple that were a little nervous to be up so high, yet is not our first time on the top of a lighthouse either!

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Amazing view of St. Augustine from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse!! If you decide to come to visit St. Augustine, don’t forget to stop by the lighthouse!

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St. Augustine: Downtown Old City Gates & St. George Street 

The Old City Gates are a site to behold toward the north end of St. George Street. The Old City Gates were at one time the only entrance into St. Augustine. The two ancient columns made of coquina were built in 1808 as a line of defense for the city.

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After visiting the Old City Gates, walk through to enter St. George Street, which is a historic street, that is filled with galleries, shops, restaurants and popular St. Augustine attractions.

 

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St. Augustine: Castillo de San Marcos

The Castillo de San Marcos is the largest masonry fort in the continental United States and was built to protect Spain’s claim to the New World!

Unfortunately due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the fort was closed on the inside. We did walk around the exterior of the fort!

St. Augustine: The Fountain of Youth  

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The Fountain of Youth was believed that anyone who drank from the fountain would have their youth restored. In 2,400 BC, the Native Americans, a tribe known as, Timucua, were amount the first to inhibit the land. Ponce de Leon was the first Spanish explorer to find the Fountain of Youth. The grounds at the Fountain of Youth are beautiful and you will also find several peacocks throughout the property!

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Drinking from the Fountain of Youth is wonderful experience that our family will never forget!

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I could honestly go on and talk about St. Augustine for a long time! We love this city so much!  It is such a pleasure to visit the historical St. Augustine and we know we will definitely be back!

❤️~Shae

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands

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Challenge Deets:

Kirklands challenge was to buy four items under $100 to refresh a space in my home!

Challenge Accepted: Shopping Time

When I arrived at my local Kirklands, I made a quick loop around the store then decided to do a refreshed space in my kitchen!

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Ceramic Script Cookie Jar:

Since our kitchen is a Farmhouse style with whites and woods, I knew that the Ceramic Script Cookie Jar would be perfect in my kitchen! Plus, it was only $19.99!! If your kids are like mine, from the adults to littles, our family loves homemade cookies! What a  perfect way to savor that freshness with this cookie jar!

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Ceramic Vinegar and Oil Dispensers:

As soon as I saw the  Ceramic Vinegar and Oil Dispensers for $19.99. I knew they would be perfect us! We love vinegar and oil on our salads, as we eat them almost every day! The dispensers match the cookie jar with perfection!

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Sansevieria Snake Plant: Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel:

I think my favorite find is the  Sansevieria Snake Plant for $29.99.  I love that it looks so real!! It has a silk finish on the leaves and it’s planted in a ceramic planter! This would look beautiful anywhere in your home, from the bathroom to a bedroom or the kitchen!

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Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel:

The latest item I picked up for the challenge was the Farmhouse Black Checked Kitchen Towel  for $8.99. It is so cute and farmhouse shabby chic! You could hang it over the handle of your stove like I have or over your farmhouse sink!

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Challenge Complete:

I enjoyed this Refresh For Less Challenge with Kirklands! All of my items were under $100!! Which item is your favorite? Let me know in comments! I hope you enjoyed stopping by!

❤️-Shae

 

Spring Outdoor Space with Kirklands

Spring Outdoor Space with Kirklands

This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kirklands; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Styling a Outdoor Space with Kirklands

I love creating beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy in the warmer months with my family. With just a few decorating hacks, you can make your space feel more stylish!

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Outdoor Seating

Add a couple chairs in for seating. I love the metal and wood look right now! You can find these chairs just about anywhere online!

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Outdoor Mat 

Add in a cute welcome mat! Kirklands has so many stylish welcome mats for your home to fit almost any budget! Mine is the Home is Where We Gather  Mat and it was under $15!

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White Wood Metal Planters 

I am really enjoying my Kirklands White Wood Planters on Black Metal Stands . I love the distressed wood and the geometric flair they add to our back deck. The large pyramid planter is 11L X 11W X 19.75 H inches. The small pyramid planter is 9.5L x 9.5W x 15.75H inches. I chose to add a couple Everest plants to my planters. It’s similar to monkey grass.

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Plants

Add in your plants! I love plants! They are a labor of love, after all! I always have ferns in the spring through fall months in my outdoor spaces! Ferns are pretty easy to take care of, with watering small daily in the summer months, here in the south!

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Outdoor Space

It really is easy to create a budget friendly outdoor space with Kirklands! Create that space that you and your family can enjoy during the warm summer months! I hope I have inspired you with our outdoor space!

❤️-Shae

Updating Door Knobs and Door Hardware with Kwikset & National Hardware

Updating Door Knobs and Door Hardware with Kwikset & National Hardware

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked, in this post is provided by Kwikset and National Hardware; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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We have been working on many projects during quarantine! A couple easy and affordable ways to update your home is with door knobs, deadbolts and hinges! They may not be the first thing your eyes jump to when walking in a home but it can instantly breath new life into a home, while making it feel unified and cohesive. Take new door knobs, hinges and new paint on your doors /trim and you’ve got a winner winner chicken dinner!

Door Knobs Before 

Our door knobs were the brass door knobs from the 90’s with a mixture of updated lever satin nickel door knobs.

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Now…I thought I would do a “smart” thing, several months back and spray paint my door knobs/hinges, well let me tell ya, that did not work! Complete fail! 

Kwikset

When we began the process of looking for door knobs, I researched all the companies that carried door knobs, dead bolts and all the things! What I found was a company that has been around since 1946. Kwikset is a company that is committed to delivering unmatched security features to homeowners and puts their customers’ safety above all else. Kwikset continuously improves the security features in its products to meet or exceed industry standards. Plus, with Microban and the lifetime mechanical and finish warranty, it’s a win win in my book!   

Selecting Hardware Finish 

When I began looking for what style of door knob we wanted, we knew we wanted to go with satin nickel hardware  throughout our home. We also wanted a style of door knob that we felt would be classic and timeless!

Electronic Deadbolt 

For our front door, we decided to try a electronic deadbolt.

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We chose the Satin Nickel 888 Smartcode Electronic Deadbolt with Z-Wave Technology for our front door and absolutely love it!!!

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Reasons We Love Our Smartcode Electronic Deadbolt:

  • Z-Wave Plus Certified with the Z-Wave 500 chipset
  • Extended wireless range and superior 128-bit wireless encryption
  • Up to 30 user access codes for family and guests to use at the door
  • Secured keyless entry convenience
  • One touch locking
  • Dramatically reduced interior size and sleek metal design
  • 30 user codes plus master code feature for added security
  • 5 digit keypad with dedicated lock button
  • SmartKey® technology – the lock you can re-key yourself in seconds in three easy steps
  • 30 user codes plus master code feature for added security

Exterior Doors

For our other exterior doors we chose Cameron Security Set in Satin Nickel. One of the best features about these sets is the Smart Key feature, which allows you to re-key your lock with any KW1 Keyway Key!!

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Bedroom & Bathroom Door Knobs 

We choose the Satin Nickel Cameron Knob  for our bedrooms and bathrooms.

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Love the finish and it also installs so easily!

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Beautiful quality for your home!

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”I feel like hardware is like the “jewelry” to your home! It adds just the perfect finishing touch!” ~ Quote from my friend,  Cindy .

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Close up!

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With Microban, germs are scared to hang around on our door knobs!

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I feel like the Cameron line flows seamlessly throughout our home!

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Last bedroom (full view).

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Girls Bathroom

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Close up!

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Closet/Hall Knobs 

We also chose the Satin Nickel Cameron  line for our Closet Knobs. I love the Cameron line so much!!

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Walk-In Attic Door Knobs

For the attic doors, we wanted to make sure we had a door that locked with a key. With little ones still running around, we didn’t want them to get into a space that they didn’t belong!

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We chose the Satin Nickel Cameron Knob Keyed featuring SmartKey for all three of our walk-in attic doors!!

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Close up!

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National Hardware 

National Hardware prides itself on being an industry leader, continuing to launch high quality, innovative products that exceed industry standards. Their products are meant to withstand the harshest weather elements with WeatherGuard™protected products. WeatherGuard™ provides superior long-lasting corrosion protection – 3x more than standard zinc.

Security Latches

One other item we knew that was needed since our youngest child likes to open exterior doors, is security latches on all of the inside of the exterior doors.

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We chose the Security Guards  in Satin Nickel.

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Satin Nickel is my favorite finish! Can you tell?

Hinges: Interior 

Updating the hinges were a breeze!

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In fact, our oldest adult daughter actually installed all of the interior door hinges & knobs! Girl power!

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We chose the 512rc Door Hinges  in Satin Nickel.

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Hinges: Exterior 

For the exterior hinges, we chose the 512rc Door Hinges  in Satin Nickel.

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All of our doors and trim received a fresh coat of paint as well! I just feel like these updates make a huge impact on our home’s appearance, overall! I truly love making our house into a home!! Thank you so much for taking your time to read today! If you have any questions, please reach out!

P.S. If you can spot the “blooper” or the item (s) out of place, comment here and if your correct, I will send you one of our handmade wood cutting boards!

❤️-Shae

 

Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom Renovation

Modern Farmhouse Master Bathroom Renovation

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked in this post were all provided by Pfister, Kwikset , National Hardware and Jill & June; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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The day is finally here! Your going to be shocked at the transformation of this modern farmhouse bathroom reveal! This renovation has all of the modern farmhouse elements- classic white subway tile, glass accessories with modern satin nickel hardware, warm wood tones, tile flooring and vintage shiplap ceiling. Come see how we transformed this room!

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I still remember the first time we walked into this house. We knew the house had “good bones” and the layout, front porch and land is what drew us here. We knew from our Realtor that most people were passing on this house because the master bathroom was not updated. My husband and I have been diy’ers for twenty plus years so we knew we could transform this home into the home of our dreams. All we needed was a little faith, a lot of patience and some hard work!

First things first. You can’t have a reveal without a few before pics, right?!

Before Photos:

Bathroom Full Shot

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Vanity & Mirror View

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Shower View

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Renovation Process:

First things first! Demolition of the old shower insert and tub.

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The hubs working with his saw-zaw to tear out the the insert.

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Getting there!

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After everything was torn out, some of the walls needed to be re-framed to accommodate the size of the new shower, along with a frame for the shower seat.

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Next was installing the shower pan liner, along with the mud bed.

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Framed shower seat with shower bed liner & mud bed.

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After the mud bed was completely dry, about 3 days later, the shower walls went up!

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The red guard was rolled on and it’s a rubber membrane material to protect against water.

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Shower Tile:

I have always wanted to learn how to tile, so my husband taught me how during our renovation! I tiled the first two walls, all by myself, with my husband making the cut pieces.

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I really enjoyed tiling our shower and having my hand in the work of our bathroom! When I got tired, my husband would help apply the thinset!
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Making sure each tile was lined up just right!

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My husband cutting the tile pieces.

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My husband tiled the 3rd wall and the shower seat, along with the shower floor.

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Shower Wall 3

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Shower Floor

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Removing Old Flooring:
There was two layers of flooring. The first layer was put on by the previous homeowner. It was the pre-cut square linoleum tiles with a layer of sticky glue underneath. The bottom layer was the original linoleum to the house. It was a sticky mess! 

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Painting the Cabinets:

We decided to keep the vanity to save costs. I decided to paint the inside and outside of my cabinets with my diy chalk paint. You can find that recipe here . I used Sherwin Williams in Snowbound.

Floor Tile:

First on the agenda was adding the backer board then adding the thin set with tile.

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Removing Popcorn Ceilings:

This was the last room to remove popcorn ceilings in our house 🙌🏼 We removed the popcorn then patched and painted!

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Shower Ceiling: 

We chose to do a shiplap ceiling with vintage board & batten to the ceiling! We also added two recessed lights and a fan. This picture is beginning to add the wood.

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The boards had what we originally thought was several layers of dirt. What we were surprised to find was several layers of dirt with a layer of mold underneath. It took several applications to treat the mold and remove it completely!

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Making progress!

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Almost done! Just need to add the other recessed light.

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Wood Countertop:

We had a huge red oak tree fall on property a little over a year ago. My husband had an idea to mill the wood! We have already made several shelves & wood cutting boards from this wood! I had the idea to use the wood for a wood countertop in our bathroom. It would basically be at no cost, just our time.
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Removing old countertop and sinks.

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Out with the old and in with the new!

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New countertop installed and I am applying the first coat of matte poly. I applied four coats of matte poly while sanding lightly in between and no sanding on the final coat.

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Installing the Shower Door:

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Installing Mirror Frame:

We decided to keep the existing mirror. We made a wood frame and painted it the same color of the cabinets.

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Installing our Jaida Pfister Faucets:

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Installing Cabinet Knobs & Drawer Pulls:

We installed glass drawer pulls and glass knobs.

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After Photos:

Bathroom Full Shot

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Bathroom Vanity Before & After

Bathroom Countertop 

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Accessories:

My husband and I designed and built a towel ladder rack. All of my Turkish towels are from Jill + June  and they are so soft plus oversized! Loving the tassels!

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Shower View with shiplap ceiling

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Shower View with Shower Seat

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Master Closet & Linen Closet:

During the renovation, we also renovated our master closet and master linen closet.

Master Closet Before

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Master Closet After

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Master Linen Closet:

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Bathroom Organization:

And a renovation wouldn’t be complete without bathroom drawer and and cabinet organization!

Bathroom Drawer Organization

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Final Thoughts:

We are enjoying our newly renovated bathroom so much! It is so nice to have a master retreat! This is a wonderful gift to be able to give to each other. We have never taken a trip alone together or had a honeymoon! It’s about time, since we are celebrating our 22nd wedding anniversary this month! Also, this bathroom would not have been completed yet if it wasn’t for the help of our two oldest (adult) daughters! They truly helped make our dream bathroom come true!! Team work really does make the dream work!

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List of products and links used during our renovation:

Jaida Faucets in Brushed Nickel with Spot Defense and Push ‘n’ Seal are from
Pfister . Spot Defense is perfect for a busy mama like me!

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Ladera Towel Rings with Spot Defense in Brushes Nickel are from Pfister . Love their sleek design!

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Ladera Tissue Holder in Brushes Nickel is also from Pfister . My favorite feature is how you can just lift up and change out the roll like a easy breezy summer day!

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Our Cameron Bed/Bath Door Knobs in Brushed Nickel are from Kwikset . I love its simplicity!

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Our Interior Door Hinges in Satin Nickel are from National Hardware .

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That concludes our renovation! Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our master bathroom renovation! If you have any questions, please let us know!

❤️-Shae

How to Style Around Your TV

How to Style Around Your TV

[This post contains a sponsored link. The item featured and linked, the “better together” sign in this post is provided by A Simple Place on Main; all opinions and reviews are my own.]

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Today, I was invited on a blog hop with my friend and host, Terrie plus a few of our blogging friends! We want to share how we style around our tv! Lots of people struggle with decorating around their tv, I, myself, am included!

A Little Decor Background:

When we decided to get out of our 90’s decor style vibe, not knocking it because I will always have a heart for 90’s decor style, we decided to go the farmhouse decor route. The farmhouse decor style reminded us a lot of yesteryear and of simpler times, like of those that our grandparents had as children. A lot of the vintage decor you see in our home will be from one of our grandparents. We feel so blessed that they wanted to give us something of their own that meant so much to them!

Farmhouse Style:

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Farmhouse TV Cabinet:

One of the very first pieces of farmhouse style furniture we built was our farmhouse tv cabinet. I originally stained the wood a gray color but recently painted it with my diy chalk paint. Styling the inside of those shelves and styling above the tv has not been my strong suit but I love how everything has turned out in this space! I don’t usually have a vision, my ideas usually just come to life with some changes here and there!

White Shiplap:

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Next we added vintage shiplap to our wall. What made it even better is it was fo’ free 🙌🏼  I started off by painting one coat of white paint but a year later, decided to remove the white paint with Citristrip. Since all of the paint would not come off, it gave the wood and white wash look, which we loved! It gave the space such a warm feeling! 

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Styling Plus Functionality In Your TV Cabinet:

Styling inside the tv cabinet, I wanted decor plus functionality. Vintage books from a local thrift shop along with Target’s line of Hearth & Hand Faux Fern Arrangement  and Faux Locus Arrangement .

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Very budget friendly at a couple dollars per book and $5 for the Target arrangements. On  the bottom shelves is where my functionality comes in with Hobby Lobby’s Wire & Metal Galvanized Baskets .

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If you catch them on their 50% off sale, they are only $12.50 each! In those baskets, we store games and controllers for the Nintendo.

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 The middle of our tv cabinet is the boring stuff like the cable box, ect that I wanted to hide. The bottom basket holds a basket I purchased from Target about 15 years ago which stores dvds and remotes, so hence the sliding (or should I say “hiding”) doors.

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Now, above the tv is my most favorite space!! My sweet friend Linda from A Simple Place On Main makes the most absolutely BEAUTIFUL wood word signs!! I actually met her at our local Vintage Market Days and we chatted for at least 30 minutes or more, along with my friend Cindy .

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Each wood sign is made with baltic birch that is 1/2 inch thick, then it is custom cut, painted and shipped to you! Linda even has an Etsy Shop where you can purchase your wood word sign and right now there is free shipping with orders over $35!! Can y’all tell how much I love her signs?! Now I need one for our newly renovated master bathroom!

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I hope that I’ve been able to inspire you on How to Decorate Around Your TV! Please check out my friends to see how they’ve decorated around their tv’s as well!

❤️-Shae

Reasons to Choose Organic Cotton Sheets with American Blossom Linens

Reasons to Choose Organic Cotton Sheets with American Blossom Linens


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This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked in this post were all provided by American Blossom Linens; all opinions and reviews are my own.] 

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We all know that eating organic food and avoiding pesticides is great for our bodies! We also know that avoiding harmful chemicals that are in products, that we put on our skin like makeup, shampoo’s, deodorants, ect, but have we thought about the difference in organic and conventional bedding?

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Why choose organic bedding? The same reasons we choose organic produce, skin care products and cleaning products. Organic bedding is a healthier option without all the harmful chemicals. Organic cotton isn’t treated with the toxic chemical pesticides that conventional bedding is exposed to.

726F6C18-0203-4640-B5B3-D573830B0925For example, the wrinkle resistant sheets are treated with chemicals that release formaldehyde. Long term exposure is not good for our health. Conventional sheets are also dyed with inks and dyes that may contain heavy metals. Organic cotton is also more comfortable and breathable than compared to its synthetic counterpart. Organic bedding will leave you feeling cool and comfortable!

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Let’s sum it up in six reasons to buy organic cotton sheets:

1) Organic cotton isn’t processed with harsh chemicals, making it great for people with sensitive skin!

2) Organic cotton isn’t grown with harmful pesticides!

3) Organic cotton is a breathable fabric!

4) Organic bedding isn’t made with harmful chemical additives like “wrinkle resistant” treatments that release formaldehyde.

5) Organic cotton bedding is made without harmful dyes and inks that may contain heavy metals.

6) Organic cotton bedding is usually stronger, making it hold up to wear and tear better than conventional bedding because chemical processing weakens the fibers.

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I was absolutely thrilled to receive American Blossom Linens Organic White Sheet Set, that comes with FOUR pillow cases!! Let me tell you all of the reasons that I love our new sheet set!! American Blossom Linens are manufactured right here in the USA! Their fitted sheet is made with an extra deep 16 inch pocket to provide a good fit for any height mattress! The “Top” and “Bottom” labels make putting the fitted sheet on with ease so that you get that perfect fit! American Blossom Linens organic cotton is grown by family farmers.

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American Blossom Linens Guarantee:

-All of their products ship to you for free!!

-Sleep with them, wash them and live with them! If for any reason you aren’t satisfied they will give you a full refund, up to two years later! Now that’s a guarantee I love!

Please check out more on  American Blossom Linens  website about their organic cotton sheet sets and bedding. I promise you will love them just like we do! They also were kind enough to send me a coupon code for y’all to use!! If you will use “SWEET20” at check out, you will receive 20% off your purchase!!

❤️-Shae

How to Style a Small Outdoor Seating Area

How to Style a Small Outdoor Seating Area

[This post contains sponsored links. The items featured and linked in this post were all provided by Abba Patio; all opinions and reviews are my own.] 

How to Style a Small Outdoor Seating Area

Do you want to create that perfect oasis in your back yard, patio or deck? No matter how small, your yard or balcony can be turned into a relaxing backyard oasis for you and your family to enjoy! There are numerous decor elements that you can add to make an enjoyable space on these upcoming hot summer days!
4DC3BA33-E3EB-4BD9-BE58-EA89EE37969FI love “shopping my home” for items that I already have on hand, especially during the Covid-19 quarantine; like these planters that I we had stored under our deck. I have had these for 15 years, so I decided to add a coat of black spray paint, that I also had on hand, to spruce them up! Like new again! We recently visited our favorite nursery so I added a fern to each planter. I added the chairs for comfort and two pillows, which were a diy. You can find that blog here . You could even add a hammock!
84C9D6C0-A590-454A-866A-F6023039FDD8Add in a small table with a couple of plants and throw a blanket over a chair, for those chilly spring nights. My friends over at Abba Patio were so kind to send our family their 9 ft Market Umbrella with Auto Tilt and Crank. They also sent us their Plastic, Free-Standing Round Umbrella Base in Brown.

A997F504-CA3C-4589-A131-9FF6DEB4B952The Market Umbrella is amazing with its auto tilt and crank! We chose the color beige. The 9 ft umbrella is enough space for two lounge chairs or a 4-6 person round table. It is also has a rust free coating! The base is recycled plastic and a steel pole! It can also be filled with water to create a more stable base plus its weather resistant! These pieces will last in your backyard for years to come! Budget friendly pieces and the quality is wonderful!

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I hope you have enjoyed styling your backyard oasis with me! The options are endless!
❤️-Shae