Every season I have the same problem. I stare at my mantel for days and days trying to figure out what to put up there. I’ve got the analysis paralysis and information over-load going on. This time to get me going on my mantel I just started placing things on it. I didn’t try for perfection or think about size or scale. I just started. That’s the key. Just start. Then tweak size and scale of the items later.
*This is a sponsored post written by me for Modernbath.com. All opinions are 100% my own.
My husband and I have been wanting to update our bathrooms ever since we moved into our home 11 years ago. Picture old chipped formica countertops, brass lighting, plastic shower insert, and cheap builder-grade materials. Some of you may know what I am talking about! I’m so ready for an update. I am always on the look out for great bathroom products and inspiration.
This is a design board I created for our master bathroom to help me get jump-started. The white vanity with the marble countertop really defines my design style which is classic and elegant yet simple. I’ve always wanted a chandelier over my bathtub. Balancing a mix of modern and traditional pieces makes a room look more layered and sophisticated. Placing the chandelier over the sleek bathtub would help give me the look I’m going for.
I have gone to many home improvement stores and showrooms but most of the time their inventory is so limited. I searched Modern Bath and they have a very large selection and variety of vanities, shower equipment, linen storage, mirrors, accessories, doors, lighting, kitchen products, and more. That’s where I found the items for my bathroom design board.
You can order online and if you need assistance there is a sales person you can call. They also have a 30 day return or exchange policy. If you find a cheaper price on the same item Modern Bath will price match it and give you a 10% discount. The majority of their products ship for free as well.
One thing to take note of when searching is to make sure you read the list of items that come with the product. For instance, some vanities include the sink and faucet and some do not. They do provide a checklist of everything that comes with each vanity or product, just make sure to read it. If it doesn’t come with a sink and faucet there will be an option at the bottom of the screen to add them.
The name of the website is Modern Bath but they have so much more than just modern style. You can also choose from transitional, traditional, and antique style vanities. And something to remember is modern doesn’t always mean contemporary. Fresh and up to date is what I think when I think of the modern style.
Although, there are thousands of items to choose from it is easy to narrow your search which saves time and makes it much less daunting. While searching for my own bathroom I was able to filter the search to include exactly what I was looking for. I narrowed it down to painted or stained wood, type of countertop material, price, size, style, and brand.
Do any of your bathrooms need remodeling? Are you living with outdated countertops, vanities, fixtures, or builder-grade materials like we are? Go search the large selection of bathroom products offered at Modern Bath to turn your space into a beautiful updated bathroom retreat.
This past summer I built two of the Ana White rustic x end tables. I had been looking forever for a matching set of end tables that didn’t cost $400 each. I could not find anything that I liked. I looked everywhere! Why are end tables so expensive? I broke down and decided to build my own. I went on Ana White’s website and looked for plans and knew these would be perfect. I already had some spindles from an old 1800’s farmhouse porch. I bought these last year at the longest yard sale out in the middle of nowhere in south Alabama.
They were actually still attached to the railing. I took them off and thought they would make perfect legs for something. I just wasn’t sure what. Then I saw the x side table plan and knew these were meant for each other. The spindles had weathered to a beautiful gray finish with a little white chippy paint still clinging on. I decided to leave them as is and stain the rest of the wood. I used a combination of Jacobean and Classic Gray stain from Minwax. I mixed the stains together in a container and practiced on a piece of scrap wood first. The Jacobean is much darker than the Classic Gray. I didn’t have to use much of the Jacobean color, just enough to give it some depth. I absolutely love my end tables! I wouldn’t want a real carpenter to inspect my building skills or anything but for me, they are perfect!
I encourage you to try building your own furniture. The first thing I ever built was a farmhouse table a couple of years ago with no help from anyone. However, you don’t have to start off with something so big. There are many plans of different skill levels on Ana White’s website. She gives really detailed instructions and drawings. The only tools I used for this project was the Kreg Jig and a compound miter saw. The Kreg Jig is the most amazing tool ever invented. I need to dedicate an entire post on my love for the mighty Kreg Jig. How about you, have you ever built anything?
I think the breakfast room could possibly be my favorite room in my house. It has a big window that fills the room with a lot of natural light. It looks out onto my backyard where I plant my yearly Mandevilla vine along with some yellow knockout roses.
I really like for the color scheme in here to be very simple and light. I want the outside view to be the star. Some of you may remember a couple of years ago I did a breakfast room makeover. I had some blue drapes from Target in here but it just wasn’t me. I think I kept those for about a week until I changed my mind. They had a wow factor to them but I am all about minimal contrast in design so out went the drapes.
In the new makeover, I tried to make a roman shade and it was a total fail! Instead of scrapping it I just turned it into a faux roman shade. I ended up folding and hot gluing it. It works for now until I want to take the time to try it again and make it correctly. But that’s going to be a while! I’ve been working really hard on “good is good enough”. It is sooo difficult for me. I want everything to be perfect.
I had an opportunity this summer to paint kitchen cabinets for a very sweet lady. It was a small charming space that needed a little face lift. The cabinets were over thirty-years old and not in the best of shape. None of them closed properly, not one! And she needed these done in one week, just in time for a party she was giving. Even though it was small kitchen there was so much work to do!
I spent three days cleaning them with TSP and sanding them. I then primed them with Aqua Lock (purchased from a paint store that sells Benjamin Moore). Sorry, I am terrible about taking project pics so I don’t have any. I used a 2 in. angled Purdy paint brush. I painted the cabinets with two coats of Benjamin Moore Aura in Satin. The color was not a BM color and I can’t remember where it came from. It is a creamy white with a gold undertone. Thank goodness my husband helped or there is no way I would have ever finished in a week. We spent two full days on sight painting and did the rest ( the doors) at home. We were determined to get them to close properly. We took several of the doors to a friend’s house and used their table saw to shave the sides of the doors off that wouldn’t close. Even though it may not look like it this job took over 30 hours to complete! I forgot to take before pics until after I already had the doors off but you get the idea of what it looked like. A lot of old brown cabinets.
My pics don’t do it justice. I was beyond exhausted when we finally finished. I’m surprised I even snapped these. I didn’t even get a shot of the entire kitchen. Oh well!
The best advice I can give for painting your kitchen cabinets is to make sure the prep work is done properly and make sure you use the best paint you can afford. It is A LOT of work but when it’s finished it is so worth it!
Here are some more Charleston pics from our trip this past summer. I am always amazed by all of the creeping fig, iron gates, and gardens more than the houses themselves!
This pic is of two garage doors with a smaller door in between. I love the round iron grille in the door and all of the gorgeous ivy.
Here’s a close-up. When I was taking pics of the garage doors a couple riding on bikes pulled up to this door and went inside. I felt kind of dumb taking pictures of their garage doors but thought they are probably used to it.
This is a little “alley way” between two houses. This is the kind of setting I have to stop and stare at. They even make the often neglected tiny narrow spaces look beautiful.
These are in front of a lot of homes. It is a huge stone that was used to step up onto carriages. Anything over 75 years old can not be removed (even trees that are busting up the sidewalks and streets). But that’s what makes Charleston so charming. It is a place frozen in time IF you ignore all of the countless trucks and workers EVERYWHERE working on these homes, trying to maintain them. It is endless work. There is no easy-maintenance anything here. It’s all wood, crumbling brick, and stucco.
A brick home covered in crumbling stucco. They have chosen to leave the exterior as is (I’m sure with permission). Such a pretty contrast to the blue painted windows.
My husband and I have been visiting Charleston for several years now. Every single time I go this city still amazes me. The architecture, churches, iron gates, cobble stone streets, and the GARDENS! Some of these gardens were started in the 1700s. I get excited when I have flowers that make it through two seasons!
We were able to stay at a friend’s house on James Island. It was only a 10 minute drive to the downtown historic district. I have over 300 pics from just this trip alone. I don’t know how many I’ll share but I will divide the posts up.
This little pink house was in between two massive houses. A lot of times these were “kitchen houses”. There was a law passed at one time that required kitchens to be in a separate structure. I don’t know if this little pink house served that purpose. Many of these have been converted to charming little apartment homes and bed and breakfasts. This pink charmer can’t be more than 12 feet wide!
I don’t believe there is a single house without an iron gate somewhere on the property. I especially loved this one. Directly behind the gate you can see the bold red front door. Can’t walk by and not notice this one!
I have so much more I’ll be sharing with you!
I left University Pickers in July. It was a difficult decision but one that needed to be made. I was painting day and night and exhausted and burned out. I didn’t feel like UP was the right place for me to be anymore. I stayed at home for the next two months and did custom work. I currently have a booth in a store called El Marie’s in Hartselle, AL. I am still doing custom orders as well. I am not nearly as busy as I was but things are a lot calmer around here.
I will be sharing a few pieces I have done over the last few months. The first is a table I did in French Linen chalk paint. I did the bottom of the table and the chairs in an heirloom white color. I also built the bench and added nail head trim.
Those pretty flowers were from my garden this past spring. My azaleas bloomed more beautifully than ever! Too bad this was the last time my flower beds looked pretty. I neglected them the entire summer and now they are very sad looking.
This sweet French Provincial set was done in Maison Blanche silver mink and Franciscan Grey.
I am terrible at remembering to take before photos! Since I have had more time on my hands I have started working on my house. I just painted my kitchen last night. My husband is out of town and doesn’t know yet. It’s beautiful honey! I promise you’ll love it! I changed from Cream Fleece BM to Revere Pewter BM lightened 50%. I can’t even put into words how much better it looks!! I never thought I would say this but I do not like yellow or gold in decorating anymore. It feels so limiting. I am a blue and gray girl. This new color is going to allow me much more flexibility. I am actually painting my kitchen cabinets too! Don’t worry I will be sharing pics and tutorials along the way. I’m off to prime!
Whew!! These past few months have been a blur. Let’s just say my right hand is permanently enlarged and I have man hands. I think I hand-painted over thirty-something pieces since I started University Pickers. I don’t have a picture of everything I have done. I would spend 10 hours painting something and forget to take a picture of it before I took it to the store. Then, I would plan on taking a pic next time I went back to the store and it would be gone. I hand-painted a gorgeous antique gate-leg table and six chairs while I had pneumonia and there is no picture to show for it. Anyway, I am going to share pictures here and there of what I have been up to.
The first one is of a solid oak secretary with hutch. This thing was huge!! I painted it with Annie Sloan chalk paint in Duck Egg Blue. Oh! how I love this color!
The first time I laid eyes on this baby I snatched her up! I love that the size was not too big. The piece is versatile enough to go in a dining room, breakfast room, or even put books in. It doesn’t say “I’m only for china and a dining room.” Know what I mean?
Three French Hens from University Pickers is now selling La Craie furniture paint from Maison Blanche. I have been dying to get my hands on this paint! I bought the Silver Mink, which is a silvery white color. I will be doing a more in-depth blog post on La Craie. I really love this color. It looks so pretty with dark gray. Of course, I had to use the Silver Mink on the French Provincial Hutch. It was screaming out for Silver Mink.