Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crushing on Horizontal Fencing

When I shared with you last week about our Backyard Make-over HERE
I didn't mention that we were also gonna change the type of fencing too!

And right now we are seriously crushing on these...

Yup, it's wooden Horizontal fencing!

It can be cool low...

... or high


I seriously have to thank Cassie for this...

Hi Sugarplum
...when she shared her gorgeous new horizontal fence for her home.
It made me think why not use this kind of fencing on our yard extension too?!

Thank you Cassie for this inspiration! You can see more of her Horizontal fence HERE!
Don't you just love blogging and all the inspiration it brings?!!!

Can't wait to share with you ours! Almost done!

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Boys Bathroom Re-Do on a Budget REVEAL

When I shared with you the Boys Bathroom HERE, a couple of weeks ago,
We actually started to fix it up then.

What I shared on IG

It wasn't really a difficult fix since all it needed was a simple design element on the long wall and some cosmetic spruce up.

I had the boys help with the painting since this was gonna be theirs to use anyway!

I did not want to change the vanity, since it was still functional, and the huge mirror, which I love. Both fit with the clean lines I was going for in that space. It did however, have non-functional soap dispensers, and everything inside was a huge mess. And I also needed to update the decor since I also now have a teen in my midst, I had to change and get rid of the cutesy IKEA wall art in there. 

So, here it is now...

We first had the whole room and ceiling refreshed with POLAR BEAR White paint from BEHR, After that I taped off the stripes. And then the boys helped with the painting.

Got my Bamboo hamper from West Elm years ago

Would you believe I've had the paint for 5 years? Yes, that's how long I procrastinated about this room (told you it was embarasssing!)! Kudos to BEHR since the paint held up pretty well (a gallon cost only $25 then, compared to the $35 now), I just went to my local Home Depot to get the can shaken and stirred again to make sure the color was gonna be ok.

I chose this color since I wanted it to go well with the oak-tone in the vanity.

I had to add some GOLD element into the space right?!

All the bathroom fixtures have been brought out from their boxes after we bought them 5 years ago  (I know you must be cringing right?! I know I am!)! It's bamboo and steel,  brand is called FORMBU and we got those from MENARDS ( no longer available for sure).

Towels are from Nate Berkus for Target

I also painted the door & window trim SILVER (also from Behr), left over from Sophia's nursery project, so this was basically FREE. ;-)

I added this Bathroom Decal I got from TARGET on the wall. Initially I had planned on putting it in the middle of the mirror but it didn't look well, I think, it looks better here.

We also lowered the pendants
I covered the switch plates with contact paper

The Tub area was still in great condition, and I love the brass and acrylic fixtures in and out of it.

The 90's does have it's moments. :-)

The picture above the toilet was a Thrift store score years ago (from Chicago days), I think it adds a cute humor in that bare wall. I also added this simple Chrome Glass shelf from LOWE'S.

Got the cute Garbage can from TJ Maxx

All the other clutter on the counter top are now inside the drawers...

.. except for Sponge bob of course! ;-)

Overall, we were all very pleased with how this space turned out.
The clean-lines and uncluttered look make for a less chaotic morning and more calming for the boys too I think.

Of course, taking a picture of this room was a nightmare...

Yup, had to put it in here just to show you the weird poses I had to do for a shot!
And of course, I had to make you recall what this sad room looked like

I  have another bathroom project in the works, And I will share with you another sordid BEFORE on another post! 

Hew, at least one down!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Fixing up our back yard and fence

You guys already know what our back yard/ patio looks like...

Yup, looks pretty much done doesn't it? 

Well, it's really not.

You see, thru the magic of editing, I usually do not share with you guys what's on either side of this deck!

And there's a very good reason why I don't because it is A MESS!

To the RIGHT

To the LEFT
We tried fixing this sloping part of the yard on our own... several times. Weeds just seem to love it here no matter what we try and the sloping land doesn't make it inviting at all!

Yup, really, really bad!
To top it all, when we moved in to this house in 2010, the part of the fence that is currently wood, was destroyed (remember, we bought this house foreclosed), so my husband put up this 'temporary' fence to close it off.

Other side
It has definitely seen better days and needs to go - fast!

And since we're replacing this fence anyway, we decided to do more changes...

.. like EXTEND the back yard over all!

Yup, we're extending on where the marks are at. That way, we have more room in the back that's fenced up, for the kids to run in.

It's a snow-ball effect I tell yeah. 

So over all, this is what needs to be done:

1) Level off the ground on both sides of the patio and put some plants on it too
2) Remove the old fence and build a new  to extend the yard.
3) Cover up the pond ( oh yes, there is a pond too, small and ugly too ) and plant something nice on that area

Sounds easy looking at just 3 here on the list, but I know it is gonna be T-O-U-G-H since we started the snow ball rolling already!

Will tell you more about the plans on  my next post!

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