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DIY Rope Towel Holder

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finished hangerMy son’s bathroom makeover has a beachy feel to it.  (You can see the makeover HERE.)  It’s not done with fish or shells or boats, but it does have white horizontal wall planks and blue/gray walls.  It has that beach cottage-ish look.   The bathroom is finished, except for a towel holder. I could have put the old one back up, but that would have been too easy! (And boring.) 😉

I knew what I wanted to do for the towel holder, but I didn’t know exactly what I was looking for to make it.  I wanted the towel holder to be made of rope with nautical/metal looking hardware to attach it to the wall.  Finding the rope was easy.  The hardware, not so much.  Luckily for me, my Hubby came along on this quest and eventually we found what we needed.

Here’s how it was made…

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Hardware I picked up at Lowes

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The parts are called: 3/8 inch Galv. Floor Flange, 3/8 inch Galv. Tee, and 3/8 inch Galv. Steel Pipe Nipple

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Steel Pipe is screwed in to the Floor Flange

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The Tee is then screwed on to the Steel Pipe

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I cut a thin strip of tape to wrap around the ends of the rope so it would not fray. Then I added glue (E6000) to the openings of the Tee, and pushed the rope ends in.

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I used 4mm Craft Cord to wrap around the rope.

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I wrapped the craft cord around the rope a few times until I got the look I wanted.  The cord is knotted in the back. I cut most of the extra cord ends off, then glued the ends down with more E6000.

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The towel holder is attached to the wall with four screw in the Floor Flange.

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DIY Towel Holder – super easy! Cheap to make! Cost less than $20.00 to make two towel holders.

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Chic on a Shoestring Decorating

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Bathroom Makeover with Wood Planks

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I love a bargain!  But finding an accidental bargain is even better!  After the post on Wood Wall Planks, I was psyched to makeover my son’s bathroom.  The day I went to Lowes to finally purchase the planks (I’d been looking at them forever!), they were on clearance!  Instead of $19.99 for a package of four 8 foot planks, they were priced at $3.50 a package!!!  Holy Toledo!!  I hit the mother load!  I bought oodles of them.  More than I needed for this project.  For $3.50 each, I couldn’t help myself.

So, for less than $20.00, I paneled the bathroom walls.

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The “BEFORE”. This bathroom is a “Jack and Jill” room. It has doors to two bedrooms and a separate door for the toilet and shower.

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Plain boring walls.  And it has a huge, ugly “builder’s” mirror.

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The wood plank is EverTrue Edge V-Groove, Primed.  As you can see, I decided to use them horizontally.  It looks casual, beachy and more “boy” I think.

plank lightswitch

I used a jigsaw to make cuts for light switches and electrical plugs.  Although, when my brother was here, I asked him in my charming sisterly way if he would do some cutting for me.  He comes in handy.

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I asked for a nail gun with a compressor a year and a half ago for my birthday. This project was the first time I used it. Let me tell ya people… it was so easy and so much fun!

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Love the nail gun! It made holes so small that when I painted the planks, the paint filled in the holes. No spackling!

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The white molding on top of the wood planks gives the wall a finished look.

After the planks were up, I caulked all the edges and painted the planks a glossy white.  Then I painted the upper walls Wedgewood Gray, a Benjamin Moore color that Lowes colored matched.  Once the Wedgewood Gray was dry, I added trim molding to the top of the wood plank.

glue on mirror

I used lattice board to frame around the mirror.  It was stained first with MinWax Wood Finish in Expresso on both sides.  The boards are attached to the mirror with clear silicon. Because the mirror is attacked to the wall with clips, I used this method to get the wood to lay flush on the glass.  Since I don’t like “permanent” I did not want to glue the mirror directly to the wall.

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Painters tape is your friend when you need extra hands!

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The trim I used to cap off the planked wall is the same trim I used for the top trim on the mirror. I just bought a piece that was unfinished so I could stain it, instead of the pre-primed trim I used on the wall.

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The AFTER. I can’t tell you how many pictures I took, and how many settings I tried, to get good pictures.  (I didn’t succeed.)  Taking pictures in a room with no windows and six light bulbs is challenge!

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I know it will be too much to ask my son to keep these “pretty” towels in the basket and to use the old ugly ones for his hands. Boys don’t understand “they’re just to look at”. Oh well. They are neat and pretty today. 😉

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All done! If you need any wood wall plank, I have oodles I’ll sell you for as little as $19.99. 😉

before and after

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Have you ever walked around a home improvement store and see something you didn’t even know you wanted?  A project you hadn’t thought of before and suddenly a light goes off and you think “Where have you been all my life”?

It happened to me.  What was the object of my desire you ask?  Wood wall planks!

I know, they’ve been around forever, but it never occurred to me to think about the possibilities.  I have a couple of projects on my radar at the moment; redoing my son’s bathroom and doing something with the kitchen island.  I think I just found my inspiration!

Dark wood paneling

I absolutely adore navy blue! How beautiful is this!?

Love the horizontal paneling

Horizontal! Oh the possibilities.

an idea of what i am looking to do with beadboard paneling in the bathroom - like the trim on the top

bathroom mirror ideas for a small bathroom

full bath after remodel with MDF on sides of tub

Answer Me This

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I’m cleaning my house today.  Joy.  It’s not one of my strengths, at all.  Not even a little.  But bathrooms don’t clean themselves.  While I’m cleaning the yuckiest rooms in the house, the thought strikes me (AGAIN), why do the grosses rooms in my house not have windows?  All three and a half baths in my house are windowless rooms just screaming to be aired out!  Seriously!?  In what world is a bathroom, with no source of fresh air, a good idea??

So answer me this… What would you change or do over if you could rebuild your house?

I love my house, but if I could do one thing over I would definitely make sure all the bathrooms have windows.  The kind that opens up! 😉

What would you change?

Another Powder Bathroom Redo

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It’s amazing how one gallon of paint and $26.00 worth of tile can transform a powder room!  My BFF’s downstairs bathroom had not seen a makeover in more than a decade.  In Laurie time, that’s unheard of!  ; )

We removed the wallpaper (never a fun thing to do!) and painted the room a gorgeous blue (Benjamin Moore – St. John Blue).  BFF had picked up four different tile samples from Lowes and in the end the favorite choice turned out to be the least expensive tile.  Woohoo!!  Gotta love that!  My brother installed the tile for them.  He placed the tile on the diagonal at it makes the bathroom look so much bigger.  A few new accessories from HomeGoods and the room looks completely new and updated.  Very little money… HUGE transformation!

Time for an updated look. Bye bye wallpaper. Bye bye water damaged floor.

Once you experience the joy of removing wallpaper, you will never wallpaper again!

The new $26.00 floor! So awesome!

The name of the tile is “Sierra”. It was purchased from Lowes for $.57 a square foot.

Oh Brother!

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Happy Friday y’all!  It’s been a busy week.  I haven’t done much in my own house, but I’ve been busy!

clipped images,construction,cropped images,cropped pictures,hardhats,helmets,icons,PNG,protective gears,safety,safety gear,text,transparent background,under construction,warningsMy brother has been here visiting for week so far.  What does that mean?  Well… what it DOESN’T mean is taking it easy and relaxing.  It doesn’t mean showing him around town. (He’s been here plenty of times already.)  And it certainly doesn’t mean sleeping in or not having a schedule. 

With my brother here, it means fixed screened porches, patched holes in the ceiling and adjusted doors.  For my BFF it means removing a sink and toilet and tilling her bathroom floor, fixing her front porch and laying down slate tile.  It means fixing floors and cracked walls and repairing drywall.  For my friend/neighbor it means replacing broken windows, repairing under the counter lights, fixing a door that won’t shut and hanging a chandelier.  Did I mention he can build a house?  And oh yeah, he can’t sit still?  For me, it means I’m exhausted trying to keep up!    But its been fun!

My BFF has big plans for her house and I’m excited to help her with them.  My brother has made all those projects less daunting and easier on her.  Together we have ripped down wallpaper and painted her powder bathroom in between the tiling process.  Her bonus/playroom has been caulked and patched up by my Bro and I am working on recovering couch cushions and sewing curtains.  Painting that room will be next. 

It’s been great having my brother here.  I would like him to just move here and make my redecorating/DIY life easier.  Ha!  My BFF and I have joked that we should go into business together.  He could repair and fix rooms/houses and us girls can paint, sew, do whatever to make them pretty.  We could call the company “Two chicks and a Bro”, or “A Bro, a Sis, and a BFF”, Two Cuties and him”…, I could go on and on!  : )    

I do have pictures, but I will post them when all the projects are done.  They look awesome, thanks to my favorite (and only) brother!

Framing a Bathroom Mirror

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My BFF Kerry, and I just finished framing her bathroom mirror.  It’s definitely one of  my favorite DIY project so far!   I have seen moulding put on builder grade mirrors before, but we took this one a little farther.  What a difference it made in that room! 

Here’s a tutorial on how we did it:  (The total cost of the project and the supplies we used are listed at the bottom of the page.)

First, we measured and miter cut the trim (measure TWICE and cut once!) then taped it into place to check out the fit.  There’s nothing like miter cuts coming together perfectly!  A hand miter box would have worked fine, but I used an electric saw for this project.  (Don’t forget to get your level out and check that each piece is straight (level).

Test fitting

The mirror is attached to the wall with clips, which would not allow the trim to lay flat against the mirror.  Not wanting to remove the clips and adhere the mirror directly to the wall, we marked the back of the trim where the clips would be and chiseled out a piece of wood.  This was done (carefully) by scoring the wood with a utility knife and then using a chisel and hammer to tap out the pieces of wood.  It worked great!

This is what the back of the trim looked like.

Next, we glued the back of the trim and put it directly on the mirror.  The frame alone looked good, so we could have stopped there.  But why? ;   )

Used two rows of tile all the way around.

Tiling went surprisingly fast.  Kerry put a line of glue on the mirror and I peeled off each tile to give to her.  We glued them side by side so no grouting was necessary.)  This time I didn’t count how  many tiles we put on the mirror by hand, one by one by one.  I didn’t want to know!

Almost done!

Once the tiles were dry (we waited impatiently over the weekend), the small trim piece of moulding was measured, miter cut and glued to the mirror.  I don’t have a “before” picture of the moulding, but it’s just a thin decorative moulding from HomeDepot.  It finishes off the tile perfectly!  (FYI, Kerry had the outer moulding and the inner moulding painted before we started the project.)

My pictures don’t do the mirror justice. It looks amazing!

A mirror like this would cost hundreds of dollars in a store!

Here is the breakdown of what was spent:  Total $51.91

 Household Goop Tube  $4.57
1/2 inch mosaic tile 8 at $2.94 (23.52)
8 ft., 1/2″ molding trim 2 at $3.98 (7.96)
8 ft., 1 1/4″ molding trim 2 at $7.93 (15.86)

The home improvement stores have so many beautiful tiles.  The design possibilities are countless.  (Yes, my mind is spinning!)  I loved this project so much, I’m going to put all my ugly builders mirrors BACK up!  I hope you enjoyed.

Powder Room Tile Backsplash

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Apparently I wasn’t finished with the powder room redo. : )  (Am I really ever done?)  I decided to tile the wall behind the sink between the two lattices.  It was just a plain wall that gets wet with water.  I actually heard it call out for some tile!  I found exactly what I was looking for at HomeDepot.  The marble/glass “liner”, a 2.3/4 x 12 inch piece, is only $2.94 each!  The color is called MARAZZI Artisan Coco.

I have not tackled a tiling job before, but I made it easy on myself.  I peeled off each 1/2 inch size square and placed it on the wall one by one.  Seven rows of 39 tiles across.  That’s 273 tiles I place by hand.  But who’s counting.  Oh yeah, the “easy” part was not having to grout OR cut any tiles.  Side by side the tiles fit absolutely perfect.  I got lucky on that one! 

I am afraid to tell you what I used for glue.  I did all my research and got names of adhesives that would work on tile, but I’m not a permanent kind of girl.  The thought of never having the option of removing the tiles or completely ruining the wall if I do was just too much for me.  So I used caulk.  Yes, caulk.  I figured I could just get a scrapping tool under there at take the tile right off when the time came.  So while it worked for a powder room that doesn’t get moisture from showers or baths, I’m not going to recommend one type of glue.  Do some research and decide for yourself.  I hereby am not responsible for any of your tile sliding of the wall.  Ha!(Please note:  After 3 days, the tile is still where it should be.  Yeah!)

I apologize for the quality of the pictures.  Trying to work on that.  Just for the record, the sink is white.  It comes across a cream color in the pictures.  (And if you received my last post twice and this post without pictures, Sorry!!  For some reason I keep losing my pictures.)

Back of sink before.

A piece of lattice cut to fit the length of the sink. Helps to keep the tiles level.First tile in place! WooHoo!

Getting there!

Added decor in the powder room.  (CereusArt… Please note the shells! )

I think it’s finished finished!

Powder Room Redo Completed

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The powder room is finished.  WooHoo!!  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… paint can change your world!

The room was very easy to do.  Some paint, lattice strips to create the board and batten, and patience is all you need.  The paint came from HomeDepot.  I love this paint.  It has primer in it and it actually covered the red in the first coat.  (But I always do two coats.)  It was wonderful.  The beadboard wallpaper below the chair rail came off easily because I primed/sized the wall before the last redo.  (That little step was based on experience.  Wallpaper removal can be ugly!!)  I bought the lattice at Lowes and cut it with my miter saw.  (I love tools!)  I received a nail gun with a compressor for my birthday not that long ago, but do you think this girl thought to use it?  Nope.  Instead, all the strips of lattice was nailed to the wall and counter sunk by manual labor of my poor little hands.  I know… Duh!  What were you thinking Laurie?

All the holes were spackled and all the cracks were caulked.  I painted the lower half with a satin white.  All the accessories; the floor shelf, towels, picture, towel holder and paper holder came from HomeGoods.  The pictures don’t do the room justice.  One of these days I’ll figure out how to take a great picture.  But for now, here you go…

Bathroom before: Red faux paint with beadboard wallpaper on the bottom

Beadboard wallpaper is really awesome, but I got tired of it, so it had to go. ; )

Taking down the wallpaper was actually fun.  Weird, I know.

Trim work begins. 22 1/2 degree cut with the miter saw.

Painted the top first because I was excited about the blue color.  Patience isn’t always my strong point.  The lattice was leveled and nailed to the wall.  I also used a little bit of glue on the lattice that didn’t hit a stud. 

I love the blue!

I am very happy with the results!

The AFTER!

This shelf was only $19.99 at HomeGoods!

Oh, one more thing.  I painted the ceiling the same satin white as the lower wall.  It had the original off white yucky builder paint on it.  Based on the picture below, you can see how well that went.  Lessons learned:  (1) Before you raise a roller brush above your head, make sure it’s not over loaded with paint.  (2) Might be a good idea to wear a hat. (3) Wash the paint out IMMEDIATELY!

Happy in a Can – Bathroom Redo Before/After

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UPDATE:  “Happy in a Can” is completed!

Redoing a room doesn’t have to be expensive.  Some paint, thrifty shopping and woman power can turn a room from fair to FABULOUS on a small budget.  Frugal is beautiful! ; )

BEFORE

AFTER – Bathroom redo completed.

ORIGINAL POST from 1-13-12

It’s amazing what one gallon of paint can do.  It’s like HAPPY in a can.  And the perfect color of paint is like ON CLOUD NINE in a can!  No kidding!  I get teased a lot for always “painting something” in my house.  But the end result of just a couple of hours of work is amazing.

My BFF and I have been friends for almost 2 decades.  She has humored me through all my house changes and even participated in many rearrangements of furniture, accessories and has picked out paint colors with me.  And she’s great at it.  She is a designer after all.  But in her own house, she hasn’t changed much in a very very long time.  I know!  It’s shocking ! Ha!  She has a very busy Hubby and she doesn’t tackle paint on her own.  (Yet I still love her.)  So today, with one gallon of paint, we painted her kids bathroom and the laundry room in a day.  Less than a day.  Less than a school day actually!  And she even had a paint brush in her hand.  And used it!  (That information is for her unbelieving hubby.)  We bought a shower curtain, shower rod and hooks, toothbrush holder (at HomeGoods), and paint at Home Depot all for under $100.00!  Her bathroom and laundry rooms are totally transformed.  And while a gallon of paint can’t solve the problems of the world, it can, for very little money, change the mood and spirit of a girl and a room (or two).  AND it was fun!

I haven’t mastered taking good pictures yet!  This is the color we used.  It doesn’t show up in my pictures as stunning as it really is.

Benjamin Moore HC150 Yarmouth Blue
BFF painting. I’m so proud! The old color was a light salmon in the bathroom.
Laundry room. It had the original builders paint for (gulp!) more than a decade. : 0

 

Happy in a Can (paint can that is!)

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It’s amazing what one gallon of paint can do.  It’s like HAPPY in a can.  And the perfect color of paint is like ON CLOUD NINE in a can!  No kidding!  I get teased a lot for always “painting something” in my house.  But the end result of just a couple of hours of work is amazing.

My BFF and I have been friends for almost 2 decades.  She has humored me through all my house changes and even participated in many rearrangements of furniture, accessories and has picked out paint colors with me.  And she’s great at it.  She is a designer after all.  But in her own house, she hasn’t changed much in a very very long time.  I know!  It’s shocking ! Ha!  She has a very busy Hubby and she doesn’t tackle paint on her own.  (Yet I still love her.)  So today, with one gallon of paint, we painted her kids bathroom and the laundry room in a day.  Less than a day.  Less than a school day actually!  And she even had a paint brush in her hand.  And used it!  (That information is for her unbelieving hubby.)  We bought a shower curtain, shower rod and hooks, toothbrush holder (at HomeGoods), and paint at Home Depot all for under $100.00!  Her bathroom and laundry rooms are totally transformed.  And while a gallon of paint can’t solve the problems of the world, it can, for very little money, change the mood and spirit of a girl and a room (or two).  AND it was fun!

I haven’t mastered taking good pictures yet!  This is the color we used.  It doesn’t show up in my pictures as stunning as it really is.

Benjamin Moore HC150 Yarmouth Blue

BFF painting. I’m so proud! The old color was a light salmon in the bathroom.

Laundry room. It had the original builders paint for (gulp!) more than a decade. : 0

 

Powder Room Redo

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New year means new rooms at my house!  Although those who know me are probably thinking “Right Laurie, like YOU really need a reason to redo a room”!  True true.  The sun being out is a good reason for me.  Or it’s Tuesday is a good reason for me.  Or I haven’t been high on paint in a while is a really good reason to redo a room.  Ha!

I’m working on the powder room.  I haven’t changed it in six years.  That’s an all time record for me!  The color I chose is Pottery Barn Benjamin Moore color “Van Courtland Blue”.  Home Depot matched it for me.  (I like their paint and it’s cheaper than BM.)  The color is awesome!  I’m still working on the room, so I will have before and after pictures up soon.  I just love the color so much, I wanted to share it with you.  After my old bone recover from painting this small bathroom, I’m considering this color for the master bedroom.  Any offers to help?  I pay well with cake and cookies… ; )

Van Courtland Blue / BM HC-145

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