Thursday, January 13, 2011

New Year . . . New Looks

The Master Bathroom

Before: the shrine to blue!


The In-Between:

We peeled the wallpaper (which I HATE doing) and painted. We changed out the sink top, but only painted the white cabinet and updated the hardware. We also updated the lights and the mirror.

To update the ceramic tile, we used a glaze that is designed to re-glaze tubs. We had to clean the tile real well and paint on the glaze. It made a huge difference and helped to cure the little blue tiles that just didn't fit into our decor at all.

The Utility Room

Before: Our dark paneled junk room!

After: A Laundry/Exercise/Craft/Godiva's Room!

The In-Between

When we remodeled the kitchen, we saved our old cabinets to hang in the utility room. We also switched the laundry area from the garage to this room. After two to three coats of primer and two coats of paint, we updated the panel and the color in the room. Instead of purchasing a counter top, we just used another scrap piece of wood from our kitchen remodel and painted it to save a few pennies. The next project may be the peel and stick tile flooring. But for now, it is a much more enjoyable room to work in and store things!

The Entertainment Center



We found a really great deal the day after Thanksgiving this year on a new TV. We got it home and realized (even after measuring multiple times) that it would not fit in our entertainment center; however, we didn't want to start the snowball of "needing" to buy this or that to accommodate our new splurge. So, we kept the receipt and decided to think and pray about a solution. After many days, we had pretty much resorted to taking the TV back and just being content with the working TV we had. Then, we got an idea: we could take the top off the center, take out the doors and storage surrounding the old TV, and re-attach the top to what was the middle of the entertainment center. It worked and we were truly thankful for this simple pleasure the Lord allowed us to get. And we really couldn't BELIEVE the difference . . . we could actually see the dirt and grass or turf as we watched football that weekend - so cool!