Friday, October 28, 2016

DIY rustic industrial pipe toilet paper holder

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its
advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #TubeFree #CollectiveBias

As you may know from some of my more recent Instagram posts,
I’ve challenged myself to a 30 day mind, body, spirit overhaul during the month
of October. I was feeling run down and becoming aware of what I was fueling my
body with and the products I was using throughout my home. I was on a mission
to transform my way of living and to be more conscience of my actions that not
only affected me and my peers but also the environment. Which brings me to Scott®
Tube-Free Bath Tissue!

Did you that over 17 billion toilet paper tubes are used
each year? That’s enough to fill the Empire State Building…twice!! Per YEAR!  Scott Tube Free delivers unscented premium
softness, without the wasteful cardboard tube. It’s also made with Forest
Stewardship Council (FSC) – certified fibers which promotes the practice of
sustainable forestry for future generations.

As a budget DIY and lifestyle blog I am very in-tune with
less waste and living a more eco-friendly life. Focusing on buying used to
lessen our carbon footprint and recycle already made products decreases
unwanted waste and the demand for new manufacturing. To store or display your tube-free toilet paper in your bathroom, think of using items from second-hand
markets. Using finds from these
markets and transforming them into something beautiful is upcycle friendly!
Some starter ideas of what you can use are baskets, buckets, crates, vases, laterns, candle holders, or magazine racks. You can also use leftover wood from projects to create a fun family-friendly DIY industrial pipe toilet paper holder, just like this one!

This toilet paper storage option is fabulous for a kid’s bathroom with the fun sayings (you can also make this without the sayings for more of a industrial/chic look in your bathroom). Here are the simple details on how to make one of your own:

Supplies:
  1. Wood board (I used a leftover 1″x6″ board)
  2. Pen or Pencil
  3. Tape Measurer
  4. Stain (I used leftover miniwax red oak)
  5. Staining Rag and Rubber Gloves
  6. Sand Paper or Sanding Sponge
  7. Galvanized Pipe (3/4″X18″long)
  8. Galvanized Floor Flange (3/4″)
  9. 6 screws (I used 4 hexagoal screws for the flange attachment and 2 regular 1″ screws for the backing)
  10. Mitter Saw
  11. Screwdriver
  12. Optional – paint pen
Directions:
  1. Cut the wood – base was cut to 6″ and the stand was cut to 19″
  2. Sand the cut edges of the wood
  3. Stain the wood
  4. Optional – Measure even spacing to write sayings:
    • Top – “Good to Go”
    • Second – “Do A Chore Grab 2 More”
    • Thrid – “If You Have To Pee Grab 3”
    • Fourth – “Oh Crap”
  5. Attach flange to wood base with screws
  6. Screw on pipe to flange
  7. Attach wood backing to wood/pipe base with screws

Using the tube free roll is just the same as it fits and simply
rolls on common toilet paper holders and storage options, like the one I
created!

Lucky for me I am blessed with a Rite Aid right below my work building which is super convenient for quick necessity shopping. It also gets me in trouble because they always have great sales that I go in for one or two things and end up with a huge shopping bag I have to commute home with!

Toss the tube for good! Go tube free!

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Small Bathroom Remodel on a Budget

I love bathroom remodels, but they aren’t always possible
when you have to stick to a budget. I’ve learned that you don’t have to gut
your entire bathroom to make it fabulous! A little TLC and working with the
existing framework with some polishing can transform a bathroom. Both of these bathrooms in my new house were soooooo
boring. They were the first rooms I tackled in the new house because I knew
they would be a quick remodel with limited funding required. They both turned
out fabulous that I can barely remember what I started with. So, here are my
best tips to remodel your small bathroom on a budget.

 

#1: Examine the existing tile/vanity/hardware

If your foundation is ok, this will save you a TON. The tile
on my daughter’s bathroom was disgusting and the grout was almost black against the
stark white tile, but there were no major cracks or deficiencies. It just took a
little elbow grease with bleach and baking soda to make them look
brand new again! The vanity cabinet, although not my color of choice, the wood
was good so I left it (for now…may change with a new vanity top). You can paint vanity cabinets with minimal cost by using a good primer
and a semi-gloss latex paint. I did this in my old house, and it turned out
beautifully! In the main floor bathroom it had a pedestal sink and hardwoods, so no need to change those big ticket items. I did remove and patch the holes from a towel rack above the toilet. I replaced the large towel rack with more appropriate sized hand towel holder.

#2: Paint or Wallpaper

Obvious I know, but adding some color or wall interest is
HUGE! For my daughter’s bathroom I used Sherwin Williams Watery and the main floor paint is Sherwin Williams Pewter Tankyard.  The wallpaper accent wall I choose in the main floor bath was a little
pricy at $150 (with supplies), but doing the labor myself saved me so much and
with the small space to make a statement, it was so worth it. In bathrooms you
have so much accent wall ability – think about a wood wall, stripes, chevron,
stencils, metallic paint, decals, bead board, wainscoting, or faux brick (I’m giving this
one a try somewhere in my house).

#3: New fixtures

Not only thinking about changing the vanity/cabinet
hardware, think about changing the faucet, towel/toilet paper holders, shower head, mirror, and lighting
fixture. Pick and choose what you think will make the biggest impact. On both
these bathrooms I did the lighting (same piece because we loved it) and
the mirror. In my opinion, these are GAME CHANGERS in a bathroom. For the main floor bathroom I also removed the brass towel and toilet rack hardware and replaced with new brushed nickel hardware. My goal down
the line is to change the countertops, sink and faucet in my daughter’s
bathroom – but for now, it’s a start. I mean anywhere I can add marble or
granite…I’m going to 🙂

 

#4: Add décor

In my daughter’s room I was inspired by the beautiful paint
color I choose to go with a boho chic theme. I found a rug, shower curtain,
towels and amazing quote art from HomeGoods that went perfectly with the color
scheme and were on budget.  I added two
custom Etsy prints with frames from HomeGoods. To save some money I also created DIY shelving units using wood and brackets I found.

In the main floor bathroom, I knew
I wanted to stay with a metallic theme from the wallpaper and I remembered I
had bought 3 Ikea frames (similar)at a yard sale for $1…yes ALL 3 for $1…so I rummaged
in our packed boxes and found them!! Anytime you see frames
or art you love on sale, buy them. If you don’t end up using them think of
using them as gifts and inserting personalized photos for an engagement,
wedding, graduation, etc.

#5: Go in phases

You don’t have to do everyhting at once. Start with the basics and then save up for the dream renovation or adding new pieces.
Wednesday, September 14, 2016

How to transform a dresser to Media Console {Tutorial}

Another fabulous find from Habitat for Humanity! Our farmhouse media console turned out perfect! We looked for a few months debating on what type of media console we wanted and with most manufactured sets costing well over $500 we started adventuring to the Habitat on a weekly basis to try to find the perfect dresser to convert…and by luck we did! Although it isn’t very ornate, the selling point for this dresser was it’s perfect size (70 inches long exactly). We needed the size because we have a very long wall in our family room and with the hopes for a TV upgrade in the next year, we wanted to have the balance that would work with a bigger TV.

I’m super proud of the transformation and these quotes made me so much more excited to have something in my house that I repurposed while also supporting a great cause:

“Shopping at Habitat For Humanity ReStore does even more than assist Habitat’s mission of eliminating poverty housing! Your purchases grant a second life to items and prolong the life of our landfills by reducing waste.”
“At Habitat for Humanity, we build. We build because we believe that everyone, everywhere, should have a healthy, affordable place to call home. More than building homes, we build communities, we build hope and we build the opportunity for families to help themselves. Your donation will help families break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. With an affordable, stable home, families have more to spend on food, medicine, child care, education and other essentials. Your support can help us do more in all the many ways that Habitat builds.”

What we used and cost:
Cost of Dresser = $42.40 (with tax)
Total Materials Cost = $119.51
*The material cost will go down significantly if you want to paint the top or your dresser has a real wood top that you can sand down and re-stain. Ours was not, which made us buy lumber and create a stained rustic farmhouse top to tie in our other furniture.

    • (2) 1-2-6 select pine = $7.24
    • (1) 1-4-6 select pine = $6.96
    • (2) 1-6-6 select pine = $23.52
    • Valspar Chalky Finish Paint (color – Cathedral Stone), Quart = $29.99 (lasted the whole project) *again they warned not going with the “tinatable colors” but the paint color ended up exactly like the swatch so I was pleased
2 Wicker Baskets Cost (HomeGoods) = $40Total Media Console Cost = $201.91 (3 days of drying and labor time)

How we did it:

    1. Removed the 2 bottom drawers and drawer rail sliders on each end
    2. Dissembled drawer fronts from base and used to build the bottom of each side so baskets could sit inside
    3. Cut the holes in the center area for the wires using a 2” hole saw
    4. Used the wood from the dissembled drawers to cut a small block as the anchor for the drawer fronts to sit on – attached with nail gun
    5. Once the base was secured, the drawer doors were cut to size to fit perfectly on the bottom and were attached with a nail gun
    6. Used the wood from the disassembled drawer sides on each side of the dresser to add a little character and cover up some damage it had from transportation (cut to width)
  1. Used the cabinet drawer template to pre-drill the holes for our new hardware
  2. Wiped the entire dresser down with a damp rag and let dry for 20 minutes
  3. Painted the entire dresser (minus the top as we added the wood pieces) with one coat of paint and let dry overnight
  4. While the dresser was drying, we cut all our lumber for the new farmhouse top to fit the length of 70” and roughly sanded both ends
  5. Applied one coat of stain to all of the wood and let dry overnight
  6. 24 hours later, apply one more coat of paint to dresser and one more coat of stain to wood
  7. 24 hours later, check for missed areas on paint and apply one more spot coat if needed to dresser. I also ended up applying 3 coats of stain to my pine wood. The 3rd coat of stain was in the AM and when I didn’t like the way the stain took to 2 of the larger pieces I dry brushed the Valspar paint on in a very rustic manner to cover the botched stain. I actually like this method and glad I did it even if the stain came out, it gives it so much character!
  8. Liberlly applied Valspar wax sealant with a paint brush to the painted dresser
  9. Once everything is dry, we arranged the wood on the top and secured with the nail gun and attached the new drawer hardware
  10. Finally, we placed the baskets in to complete the rustic farmhouse look
  11. In order to keep the cable box hidden behind the doors, you can buy an Infrared Receiver Extender Cable which will allow transmission from the remote to the box…heck yes, no ugly box!
  12. All done!
Wednesday, August 31, 2016

DIY Bubble Inspired Birthday Cake

Creating a special 2nd birthday cake for my precious daughter was so much fun and she absolutely loved it! I knew we weren’t having a party since we are still getting things at the new house settled and everyone is just always so busy end of August it’s hard to plan something. So just super low key this year with just the grandparents and a photo shoot, which upon the dismay of my husband, I am trying to make family photos an annual occurrence. Her birthday is the perfect millstone for those photos right now and I cannot wait to share some that my wonderful Kimberly took!

So what do you make for a bubble obsessed toddler? How about a fun bubble inspired cake!?!

The DIY glam bubble candleand cake topper were so perfect on top of the naked funfetti cake I made. Here is how I did it…

The cake was super simple. I used two boxes of the funfetti cake mixand made three batches using a 9″round cake pan. Once they cooled I followed inside the outer circle outline to get rid of the brown edges to expose the colorful inside. Then I started stacking the cakes filling each layer with a tremendous amount of rainbow chip frosting(I LOVE icing, so it was more for me than anything cake decorating wise…you will need about 3 tubs of icing if you put around the same amount as I did). I used a butter knife on the top icing layer to make swirls and finished the corners and edges with multi-colored confetti sprinkles.

For the glam bubble inspired candle I took a cheap dollar
store candleand just hot glued the beads of choice onto the candle
layering and alternating the colors and sizes of the beads. At first I freaked
out, because duhh…wax melts, but be patient! Once you get a few on, it will
start building upon one another and start coming together. I was able to do the
beginning layer by just putting hot glueenough for about 5-6 beads directly on
the candle and then just sprinkled them on randomly. Once you do the first
layer you can start building upon with more precision one at a time either
pinching with your fingers (be careful, I took some stings from the glue) or
buy $1 store tweezers and use those for the precision areas.

For the cake topper I actually found small water balloonswere the perfect size and extremely reasonable than paying for mini or regular balloons. I got a bag of 50 balloons 25% off $1.25 so it was practically a steal!  I chose to use the neon pinks colored ones and just blew all of them up (well not me, Willie blew them up for me) in random sizes and picked the best ones I liked to apply the stickers to. I used aqua glitter letter stickersfrom Michaels and put one word on each balloon to have the full quote of “never get TWO old for bubbles” across the cake. Once you put the balloons on the wire, you can always make adjustments to the word orientation if some balloon won’t go in the direction you want them to. Once all the words were on the balloons, we pierced the balloon ends carefully with a brass wireto attach each balloon in the order we wanted. I did a blank balloon on each side of the quote just as a little filler. Then just attach the wire to some long bamboo skewersor straws, place in your cake, and viola the most fun cake topper EVER!

Hartley absolutely loved her cake and for the following days went around the house yelling “cake, cake, cake, eat, cake”!! I cannot believe I have a 2-year-old daughter. Time is going way too fast and I’m trying to not miss a second. The pressure of being a working mom has gotten to me recently, but all you can do is try you best and embrace every moment you can spend with your children. I cannot wait to see what the next year brings us. I hear the 2s are the worst, but fun days like this and creating something magical for her is totally worth all the tantums I am about to endure. Wish me luck!

Cake photos: Kimberly Lyddane Photography