Picture Framed

I wanted a small yet effective pop in my den area, and I have just the right space for it. My den’s main wall once displayed this beautiful trio I found in the clearance section of Kirkland’s. However, it still wasn’t exactly making this wall stand out.



Blank slate

I did what most DIYer’s do and turned to Pinterest to find my inspiration. I knew I wanted something simple, yet chic and slightly modern looking. I also knew that I didn’t want anything too intricate because it could possibly clash with my next project -window trim throughout my home. The great part about doing the molding this way is I can always add or subtract from what I’m presently installing.

Pinterest finds…



First Up

The first thing I did was measure my wall and do a bit of math, that kept changing the more I realized my initial math was wrong (rolls eyes at self). It also changed as the design was updated. Though my math and design changed, the 45 degree angles I needed remained the same. Also, the fact that I used this miter box for every single cut was a consistent tool used on this project, along with this Ryobi laser level and Ryobi cordless brad nailer.

Side note: Painter’s tape as a visual is cool but it is NOT my jam! Will I still use it? Absolutely! However, I do recognize that frog tape is my go-to for holding actual pieces on the wall so as to get a better visual and temporarily attach pieces.


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Back to the wall…

Initially, I wanted 3 slender framed boxes. I changed my mind and went with two slender boxes on the outside having one large box in the middle. I felt like this gave the wall better balance, not that I’m a design guru or anything but I’m sticking with this train of thought. Keeping in mind I also have a smaller adjacent wall where I’ll do another trim install, I think the larger box will help better tie together the look of the trim in this room.


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Don’t forget to keep fun in your DIY


Notice the change…

Did you notice the change from the painter’s tape design (slender boxes) to this one with the 2 slender boxes on the outside and the larger middle box?


Here’s the final result of what could be a weekend project; but took me about one week… only because Life Be Life-in and this reel sums it up! Lol. Do you think you’d be willing to try this to give your walls a subtle pop?


For now, the walls will stay Behr white (pun intended, lol) until I change the color, if I change the color. I’ll rehang my Kirkland’s wall decor in the two smaller boxes and repurpose the third piece elsewhere. The larger middle box will stand alone until I get a piece of artwork to fill it. I’ll come back and update the final look once the paint has dried. You can check out my Instagram stories highlight “𝚆𝚊𝚕𝚕 𝙼𝚘𝚕𝚍𝚒𝚗𝚐” to see the entire process.

Don’t forget…

Join me as I head into my next project on my 2022 Home DIY list. You can see my 2022 DIY plans here…unless some life event happens that turns the next project into necessary because of circumstance… Idunnknow! Lol.

Until we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Pursue 2022

Here’s what I’m pursuing in 2022…

Where has the year gone!? It feels like I’ve blinked my eyes and what do you know… it’s Happy New Year ringing through the air -with the prayer that this New Year will be far better than the last!

One Word

My one word to live out loud for 2022 is Pursue. On the list is the pursuit to take on more DI-trY projects throughout my home. Here are the projects aka Captain’s Logs I’m hoping you’ll join me for executing in the upcoming year over on my Instagram page @kholmes_incolor.

Project List

  • Laundry Room – I shared on Instagram that my wash machine and dryer are both on their last leg. This project obviously made the list due to circumstance.

  • Sanctuary – I want a space in my home, that’s not my bedroom; and that is dedicated to relaxation, serenity, books and meditation.

  • Cozy nook/ catch all -not exactly a mudroom but definitely a spot for our stuff when coming inside. Since the laundry room is so small and narrow, we definitely could use a well-organized designated area. I also want to create a little more storage because we’re short on these types of spaces in this house (le sigh).

  • Closets -teenybopper and my bedroom closet need an upgrade aka more storage. There’s also some real estate I want to maximize.

  • Flooring – I have no intentions of laying wood floors nor doing the carpet in the bedrooms, but it’s going on the list because it’s a part of the design/update process. Though I say I have no intentions, this may depend on cost to determine if this is going to become a DI-trY!

  • Garage -At the beginning of December, I did a minor garage organization by building a shelf for STORAGE and to get things a little bit more orderly. Now, I would like to take the garage up a notch and build a workbench as well as paint and add more shelving.

  • Leaving room for some simple DIYs as well – Moulding on the walls; some painting; a few outdoor projects and a whole bunch of trips to the tool supply store.

Overall…

Have you seen the overall theme here? STORAGE! My home is extremely low on storage, so I definitely want to have something that is DIY friendly and stylish!

These projects are fairly big ones for me. Since I will be doing the bulk of the work by myself, I’ve already accepted that everything may not get done this year. I mean have you seen my IG stories when I redid my daughter’s bathroom. There were quite a few challenges, but even more victories were achieved! The plan is to do what adds more value -to my home’s bottom line (i.e. property value) and more importantly adds value to my peace of mind.

Let’s plan to have some fun in this season of genuine lifestyling and DIYing – or more like DI-trYing!

Ya Girl, Kim!

How to Change Your Life with One Word

Increase

As we embark on yet another year, many are setting their resolutions or their intentions for the year. For the past few years, I’ve been using the One Word challenge as opposed to resolutions. I’m certainly not knocking what you choose, but this has been a game changer for me. It’s a great devotional my mom sent to me and let’s just say… I’ve seen results!

My 2021 One Word was increase. Now before you let your mind wander too far into the big bucks, let me say I truly feel we sometimes limit a good bit of our lives to monetary value.

However, this One Word extends to all areas of your life -if you let it. For myself, I wanted to see increase in a few areas of my life -mentally, professionally, spiritually and entrepreneurial. Here are some of those areas mentioned and the results of my One Word – INCREASE.

  • Mentally I wanted to increase what type of information I was consuming and feeding my mind better “brain food”. Often, we read about a person’s success being attributed to a shift in their mindset. While this shift is true, I find most times when people say this, they seldom share how they went about shifting their thoughts. Let me tell you, it’s something you MUST be very intentional about doing. I began reading more books that aligned with what I wanted to see produced in my thoughts which would feed my actions. This became my benchmark for “increasing” time spent reading. I set a goal of reading at least 5 books for the 2021 year. Now for someone who is an avid reader, this may seem a trivial number. On the contrary, for those like myself who are trying to incorporate more reading, this may be an ideal number. Here are the books I read this year:

    • About Purpose by David Ramos (Kindle read)

    • The Perfect Day to Boss Up by Rick Ross

    • Magnetic Faith by David Ramos (Kindle read)

    • The Shack by WM. Paul Young

    • The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington

    • Love Her Well by Kari Kampakis

I ended up reading one more book than expected. In 2022, I want to read 8 books. You thought I was going to say 10 huh!? Lol.


  • Spiritually, I wanted to increase my time with God beyond daily prayer. I began being more intentional about reading devotionals that tied into what I may have been battling and even things that excited me! As I grow in Christ, I want to encourage others to grow in their personal relationship as well. Using the YouVersion Bible app, I’ve shared (and continue) to share excerpts from daily devotions I read -including the devotional for this book “One Word That Will Change Your Life”. In addition to the joy and peace it has brought me, others have DM’d to tell me how much they too enjoy the devotional excerpts that lead them to reading more devotions on their own. My goal is to have an impact that brings God glory.


Relationally, I wanted to increase time spent with my teenager, beyond the normal drive to and pick up from school. To do this, I became more intentional about our mother/daughter outings. Whether it was going to new lunch spots, choosing a new recipe to cook, or having a movie night, I made certain the importance of our time together was communicated. Let me be very genuine in saying my teenager was not always welcoming of our time. She would much rather do her own thing on some days. BUT that’s her business because this is happening and spilling over into years to come! I have found that we talk more, and we’re a bit more patient with each other.


  • Financial increase is one of those things that’s on most minds. I won’t act like it’s not included in my One Word, but I am learning to prioritize it accordingly. Once upon a time, it used to lead my goals and intentions. Now, with the One Word perspective, I am learning to place it in a category as a means and not the end all be all. Here’s what I set and achieved financially:

    • Maxed out my IRA contribution $6,000

    • Purchased an investment property

    • Saved 5% more money than I saved last year and stepped out on faith (see above bullet point)

    • Opened an UTMA for my daughter


Now for the One Word of 2022…

Pursue

PURSUE…There are some intentions I have set that still fall in the categories mentioned above, but this go round it’s all about CRAZY FAITH! 2021 was good but 2022… I am excited for God’s favor and seeing how it flows!

Share your ONE WORD in the comments.

Let’s hold each other accountable and get everything meant for us in this New Year!

Ya girl, Kim!


Top 5 Tips from the One Room Challenge

Lessons Learned

Participating in the One Room Challenge was an excellent experience; I encourage any DIYer to take part. I’ve put together a few lessons I think would be useful in helping you make the decision to sign up. So, let’s get it!

#1

Procrastination is real… no matter how pumped you are for your project!

  • I’m more than sure this is one everyone knows; yet the reminder is still needed. My bathroom update took me about 4 months. You would think I learned how to lay tile in all that time. Nope‼️ I was living it up while my daughter visited her grandparents for the summer. Any, and just about all, spontaneous events were welcomed with open arms. This continued welcoming pushed the timeline lol. Whether you call it procrastinating or living life, there are controllable factors you’ll need to keep in mind. That brings me to the next lesson.

#2

Have a life outside your project

  • If you find yourself feeling mentally and/or physically drained, you may have project fatigue. Make time to relax and not think about the project. Even if it’s 30 minutes to an hour, give yourself mental and/or physical breaks. There’s nothing like being recharged so you can get back in the swing of things. Life is happening all around you -LIVE IT!

#3

Know when to ask for help

  • The struggle to remove the pre-existing faucet was more physically exhausting than anything. I tackled this; however, when I saw water coming from under the baseboards, that was mentally exhausting! I didn’t have the capacity to further trouble shoot what I already knew was a problem bigger than my YouTube University courses. I knew it was time to call in the professionals. I didn’t want to spend the money BUT having a professional give me peace of mind was worth the cost.

#4

Project Creep will mess up your zen

  • Try sitting in your project’s space, look around, and make note of everything you intend to do before getting started. This will give you a good idea of two things: (1) the resources (i.e. videos/blogs) you need to study for additional knowledge and (2) you may be able to determine what supplies will be needed. Trust me when I say, all the pretty things are great to have but focus on the must haves first or else you’ll risk getting off track. As much as I was ready to buy all things decor, I needed to have the right tools and more importantly – funds for the project.

#5

Have fun and Be okay with things not being perfect

  • Admittedly, there were moments when I got super frustrated during this project. For example, walls not being straight or as previously mentioned, getting that dang faucet off was NO FUN. Ohhhh and the epoxy escapade <insert eye roll>. Though I was quite irritated, I still was having fun. For those moments when it wasn’t fun, I walked away and recharged. Sometimes, the recharge!

Bonus

Double the budget! While I am sure it’s quite doable, I really thought this entire bathroom renovation was going to run me $500. Negativo. Wrong. Do not pass go; do not collect $200. See the Budget Bathroom or Budget Bust post for full spending details.

Had I followed rule #4, I might have had a better idea of how much I was going to spend on this bathroom’s supplies. Additionally, the biggest takeaway for me is to include money for incidentals. The biggest hit to the budget was needing a plumber for a sudden leak -not caused by me (just FYI). Nonetheless, there may be unforeseen events that can quickly add up.


Either from your own project(s) or based on watching others, what else would you add to the Lessons Learned log? Let me know in the comments. Until we meet again…Keep It Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Go see what took place week to week for the One Room Challenge. Check em out through these links:

Float On This Shelf…

Float On


Captain’s Log: Bathroom Update: Shelf It. Let’s jump right into this thing.

I wanted to add a floating shelf to my guest/teenager’s bathroom so we could keep towels handy, as well as add a smidge of décor.

Of course I could have purchased floating shelves from just about any home decorating store; but what would be the fun in that!?

Besides, I really wanted to learn how to DIY these shelves because the plan is to do a larger version of them in my laundry room. Might as well learn now with the hopes that later, the process will move more quickly.

Per usual…

I enrolled at Youtube University to scour through everyone making floating shelves. I landed on two that I felt were (1) doable and (2) didn’t require any tools beyond what was already in my possession (miter saw and drill). Those two accounts were Ana White and The Rehab Life. I ended up making the shelf found on the latter. Though the video was quite straight forward, I still had a few hiccups.


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Garage floor math and miter saw cuts



My first shelf’s back board was slightly longer than what I needed it to be. This was caused by me cutting down one board and forgetting to cut down the other. I still continued traveling the path though because I think this can be saved! Plus, I really try not to waste much; everything can be used. NOTHING IS WASTED (for the most part; sometimes there are exceptions).





I made a second shelf, taking into account a few glitches along the way learned from my practice run. This floating shelf was made to be a tad bit longer. I’m thinking it may need to be wider; but for now, I am staying in the moment and being excited for MY FIRST BUILD!

Here’s what I used to make my floating shelf:

  • 1 in. x 6 in. x6 ft. Common board

  • 1 in. x 4 in. x6 ft. Some more common board

  • 2 in. x 2 in. x 4ft.

  • 2 inch trim head screws

  • 2 inch construction screws

  • wood filler

  • sanding block (I opted to use my orbital sander, starting with 120 grit and finishing out with a 180 grit). Honestly, I’m still learning about which grit is best. I’m going to take a 400 grit to smooth the shelf down a little more without being too harsh on the wood.


You’ll have to decide if you want to stain your shelf or paint it. I wanted a stain that was kind of a chalky white that would still allow some of the wood to show. At least, I thought I wanted this until I stained it and …Hated It.


I made all my cuts using my Dewalt compound miter saw. Although I didn’t use the same dimensions as those found on The Rehab Life’s youtube, I did use their easy to follow video instructions -adjusting for my specific measurements.


Using my trim head screws, I attached each end as viewed in the aforementioned video. Here’s where I put a spin on things and probably should have not taken this route. Taking away what Ana White did by using a nail gun to connect her shelf ends, I thought this would be ideal for me. Welp, turns out it wasn’t and I ended up going through the other side of my board. This mishap isn’t all that bad, but I will need to abandon the whole nail gun idea this go round. I’ll use my wire cutters to cut the hanging nail off.

After getting all trim nails screwed in, I’m ready to roll with my sanding. To cover where my trim screws were placed, as well as to cover up some minor construction flaws, I used wood filler. If you want to try making your own floating shelf, all items have been linked here. You can easily have it delivered to your front door!


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Now the finale to it all… Using the same color used to paint my vanity, as well as the color used to make the stripes on the bathroom’s wall, I painted the floating shelf. I have a highlight bubble called “Floating Shelf” over on my Instagram feed so you can see the action. Do you think this is something you’d try? Tag me if you do give it a go; I’d love to see your results!



Ya girl, Kim!

Week 8: One Room Challenge

The Reveal

It’s finally here! Reveal Day for the Fall 2021 One Room Challenge has come, and am I glad about it!

This bathroom journey started way back during the summer, in July, when I was only supposed to be adding board and batten to the walls. It quickly turned into my first BIG DI-TRY project also known in the project management world as a major SCOPE change LOL. Needless to say, when your teenager is out of town for the entire summer and you’re a single lady/ single mom such as myself, DIY projects come after spontaneous cocktail and brunch dates! I was living my best summer single life!

However, I still needed to buckle down and get this bathroom done. This is where I signed up for my very first One Room Challenge. Here’s a little reminder of where this bathroom space started.


But Now

But now we’re here to that moment where I’m excited and a little semi-bothered. Why, you may ask. Well Good People, going into Week 7 out of 8 for the project, there was a leak of some sort. I wasn’t certain where the water was coming from, but it appeared to be coming under the baseboard from the other bathroom. Part of me was concerned because who wants a leak? Needless to say, I saw dollar signs flashing before my eyes! On the contrary, the other part of me was ecstatic because if you’ve been hanging with me in my Instagram stories and reels on my feed, then you know I had planned to stencil the floor. However, that plan was scratched because that stenciling life just wasn’t working out for me! Imagine if it had worked out though! My floor potentially could have been ruined by The Great Leak of 2021 <enter dramatic music here>


No bueno on the stenciling


Fast forward to a plumber’s visit and a couple hundred dollars later, the problem appears to be fixed. In the middle of this ordeal, I had to remove the water damaged baseboard. However, I have yet to replace it because I want to be certain the water problem is no longer an issue before nailing down a new baseboard. BUT! There still remains the fact that I couldn’t get time back. I needed Week 7 to at least paint the floor and allow approximately a week for the final top coat to dry before I could walk on it. With all of this said, and because I know you may be to the point of GIRL SHOW ME WHATCHA WORKING WITH, let’s get into it! I’ll link throughout to to my Like To Know so you can easily shop for your first or your next DIY!


Since this bathroom is guest and teenager friendly; I wanted a design style that was welcoming to both -not too kiddie but also not too uncomfortable for its main user (my daughter aka The Girl). I found these cute outlet covers and knew they would work well. I especially knew they were the ones when The Girl (my daughter) commented that she liked them, without me having to ask. I always have found replacing an outlet’s cover can be a quick and inexpensive way to update just about any space. You can shop here for these outlet covers.

The small things


Artwork by The Girl


I’m my opinion, the little things matter just as much as the big ones. In this case, I wanted make sure I surrounded my daughter (and guests) with creativity and affirming words.

The Girl is a budding artist, and I want to constantly encourage her to stay in tune with her creative side. Our home is her personal art exhibition space. Just as with the Teenybopper Room Update, I once again brought her artwork into another space to proudly display.

In addition to the thoughtful artwork placement, I intentionally repurposed our “Just Love” sign -previously found near our home’s front door. Placed adjacent to the upgraded mirror, I want my daughter (and guests) to “Just Love” the reflection they see of themselves, looking back at the person God created. This is what I pray is seen and will serve as a constant reminder of God’s deep love for each of us – uniquely and wonderfully made.


Another small but intentionally added piece of decor is the bath mat. Though it was smaller than expected; hence I paired it with a larger mat, I love the simple message displayed.

You Look Good.

Our home is filled with positive, spoken affirmations; but I still like to reiterate the message in different ways. In a world where social media likes and body images have replaced having an actual personality and morals, I want my daughter to know that she looks good just as she is! Change what you want because it’s your desire; not the world’s. To my daughter and our home’s guests, be comfortable in your skin because You Look Good.


My favorites

My favorite parts of this project were the board and batten wall plus the floating shelf I made.


It’s amazing what learning about hard board and using a miter saw can do! I love what this addition to the previously grey bland wall did for this space. I also created a ledge for displaying art work, as previously mentioned and just because it adds a little extra jush. Also, check out the hooks thoughtfully placed on each wall for towels.


Then came the floating shelf. I have another blog post in the making for making this floating shelf. But let me tell you Good People how proud of myself I am for this first time build! We needed extra storage to keep additional towels in the bathroom. With this shelf, I created a “spa vibe”, as my daughter kindly pointed out to me. With the addition of a DIY candle; probably the longest living plant in my home; and of course fresh towels, we’re well on our way to an oasis on here.


The epoxy

I wasn’t going to totally leave the epoxy countertop hanging -though I kind of wanted to toss it out the window. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not bad; but in my humble opinion, it’s not as good as I would’ve liked. I think epoxy, particularly for beginners, is best done on a flat surface. The integrated sink and backsplash proved to be too much for me to maneuver before the epoxy began to thicken. I have yet to try any other epoxy brands, so I cannot give an opinion based on comparison. I’ll simply leave it at this… I think it’s worth a try.


Total Boat epoxy

Lights, camera, action

To round this reveal out, I want to give an honorable mention to this light fixture that replaced the builder’s grade light. Look at those globes enclosing the light bulb. It’s beautiful… as are you!


Though this marks the end of the 8 week One Room Challenge, it’s not the end of my DI• TRY lifestyle. Subscribe Now so you can get first looks at upcoming projects as well as first looks at their completion.



Ya girl, Kim

Week 7: One Room Challenge

Epoxy Escapades

Have you played the “never have I ever” game? If you have kids or if you’ve even been around kids, you may have been exposed to this claw your eyes out because it lasts so long, game! Lol. With that said, NEVER HAVE I EVER done an epoxy application. On top of that, I chose to do my bathroom countertop that has an integrated backsplash. <insert gasp here> along with me repeating… NEVER HAVE I EVER!

Epoxy Time

I’ve been building this whole epoxy situation up in my mind -probably not the best thing to do when nervous about the whole thing… am I right?!? As mentioned in my Week 6 One Room Challenge post, I took the leap when I saw a coupon for Total Boat epoxy. I’m winging much of what I’m doing, hence the whole DI-trY mantra. So… Let’s Get It Started!

First up, I needed to prep my bathroom countertop which involved sanding with a 220 grit sand paper. Side note: wear protective gear when sanding and most certainly when doing epoxy. Okay, back to the doing…

After sanding, I used a tack cloth to wipe all the sanding dust away. Thereafter, I used TSP to wipe away any remnants the tack cloth didn’t catch. Thankfully, I kept my daughter’s old burping cloths for this task (mind you she’s 13 years old now so really I was just holding on, which finally came in handy). You probably could use a little Dawn dish detergent with some warm water if you’re not wanting to use TSP.


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On to the next…

Now, on to the next part of the project. After sanding and wiping down, I mixed the first coat of epoxy according the Total Boat directions. Moment of Transparency: I looked up several paint mixing videos simply to learn how to read the mixing measuring cup. I almost was ashamed to admit this, but I recognize not everyone knows what they don’t know – and that’s okay! Now, I know how to mix a 1:1 ratio of epoxy.

With my epoxy mixed, it’s time for at least adding the first coat. I poured and smoothed my mixture over the countertop with one of the included spreaders. I thought using a foam roller would help this process, but I feel like it made it a bit more messy. As the epoxy thickens with time, I found rolling became more of a chore and less helpful for a quicker execution. This is where I get even more shaky in this epoxy decision. This first coat is not giving what I think it should be giving me.


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First epoxy coat


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I used the heating gun that was included in the epoxy kit; unfortunately, that didn’t show improvement. BUT…this is just the first coat. I let it dry because it was getting late and you know… ya girl still works a full time 9 to 5, so I needed my rest. The following day proved that I wish I wouldn’t have pushed myself so hard because mistakes were made. I didn’t remove the painter’s tape and some of it set into the epoxy. Good grief! Sometimes, I get on my own nerves, creating more work for myself.


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Using my razor blade to cut away parts of the painter’s tape trapped in the epoxy

Fast forward to a sand with 120 grit sandpaper, followed by an isopropyl alcohol wipe down, and I am back on the epoxy road.


Motivational Moment

For the record, I didn’t know (and still don’t know) all of this epoxy, sanding, isopropyl wipe down stuff off the top of my head. I read the directions. However, I recognize that in DIY-ing sometimes it appears everyone just knows how to do. For the most part, they’ve done some research and read the directions, which means YOU CAN DO THIS TOO! Now let me get back to it.


The next applications

The next applications were mixed in like manner as the first, except this is where I’ve added some character to the initial coat aka covered up some of those “ewwww, why does it look like this” moments. Here’s another moment of transparency. I still don’t like it! I know you’re probably more accustomed to reading those blog posts where everything comes out gum drops and lollipops. This one ain’t it my friend! I am NOT feeling it and I want to totally rip the entire vanity out!



This is most certainly a part of the DI•trY where I admit it doesn’t always work out the way I’ve pictured the first go round. Even with all the research and prepping done, it doesn’t always work out. Hopefully, by the time Week 8/ Reveal Day comes, this whole bathroom would have come together far better than this Week 7. The most pleasant thing to occur was the plumber fixing what I thought was a huge issue, but turned out it wasn’t. Ya girl will most certainly need a miracle for this bathroom to make a favorable turn around. Send positivity my way because it’s now down to the wire for myself and many other ORC guest participants who can check out at
www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Ya girl, Kim!

Week 6: One Room Challenge

Vanity Painting; Epoxy applying and things that go OH SHEET in the night!

We’ve reached Week 6 of the One Room Challenge and HOUTSON, we have a freakin’ problem! Before we get to the problem, let’s celebrate the wins.


First

…the vanity needed an update. It has been ten plus years since this vanity has had anything done to it beyond the builder’s grade wood stain; so I’m definitely excited to see this change. Also, let me add, my teenybopper (aka my daughter) has enthusiastically told me she cannot wait to get into her “new” bathroom because it’s looking good. If you’ve been exposed to teenager-itis [noun: teenagers who have an opinion on EVERYTHING -be it good or bad] then you know this is such a good news for me to hear! Okay, enough chatter; let’s get to work.


In my Instagram stories, I showed the liquid sander/deglosser I used to strip the vanity’s base. This stuff was way better than attempting to use my Ryobi Tools orbital sander. Don’t get me wrong, my cordless orbital sander came in handy to sand the larger surface area of the doors to the cabinet. It took some work using an 80 grit sanding paper, but the job got done! Nonetheless, the liquid sander helped for the hard to reach areas of the vanity’s base.


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Jasco Easy Liquid Sander Deglosser found at Lowe’s

After sanding with my liquid sander/deglosser, I primed both the vanity’s base and cabinets with my Zinsser Bullseye 1-2-3 all surface primer. Here is where I suggest what not to do. Don’t “paint” with your primer; you mainly want light coverage. Unfortunately, this is a terrible habit I don’t foresee I’ll break anytime soon.


Now this baby is all primed and ready for painting. I used both an angled paint brush and a foam roller. The angled brush was primarily used to get in those hard to reach spots of the vanity’s base (i.e. the faux drawers and any other narrow spots the foam roller couldn’t reach). Meanwhile, the foam roller was used for all larger areas of the cabinet doors and sides of the vanity. I did a first coat that I let slightly dry before applying my next coat. I’ll still apply one final coat, but look at how good it looks so far!


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Behr paint color Night Club

I wanted to avoid the appearance of brush strokes, which would have been caused if I caked Night Club on with several coats. On a side note, an added likable factor is that some of the wood’s pattern can still be seen.


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Since I’ll be adding an epoxy countertop, I taped off the now painted portion of the vanity and will attach the doors after the epoxy application. So now, let’s briefly talk…

Epoxy

Although I haven’t attended the Haven Conference (yet), I’ve signed up for their emails and follow their social feed. In doing so, I came across a coupon for Total Boat epoxy and figured I would give it a try. Yayyy for a coupon! I’ve been nervous to do this and enrolled in many Youtube University classes to get an idea of how to epoxy an integrated backsplash countertop.


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HOWEVER this epoxying is being pushed out to Week 7 because of what’s happening in the…

Now

….the Oh Sheeeeet moment!

Seems there’s water coming from my master bath tub over into the Guest/Teenybopper bathroom. It’s coming under the baseboard, onto the bathroom’s floor. The good part about this is I didn’t do that floor stencil I was initially planning to do. The not so good part is THERE’S WATER LEAKING FROM SOMEWHERE 😩 No pictures to provide because (1) it’s certainly not part of my One Room Challenge and (2) I don’t want the pictures to seal this memory.

I’m in the middle of doing my own troubleshooting. Ultimately, my final decision has been to seek out an expert and pray it isn’t worse than I think. We’ll meet again on Week 7!

Be sure to check out the other guest participants who are having better outcomes than I.

www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog


Ya girl, Kim!

Week 5: One Room Challenge

Touch ups and Hang Ups

Exhausted!

Week 5 of the One Room Challenge came with exhaustion! Last week’s challenges were focused on painting and light fixtures. Maybe it was all the thinking and tinkering that came with last week’s challenge, on top of the previous weeks, that brought on this feeling of lack luster performance. Nevertheless, the show must go on, or in better words… we’ve got a bathroom to finish because momma is tired of sharing with the teenybopper!

To keep it lowkey, this week was all about cleaning up those paint lines from Week 4 and hanging the new mirror on the stud-less wall -meaning only drywall is present. You can shop a similar mirror as well as what I think is probably the BEST hook to use for hanging up to 200 pounds in drywall (shop here)


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New Mirror & crisp paint lines. Who Dis?

Lauren (@pinchplateparty), one of the One Room Challenge Featured Designers, advised to lightly sand the area where I messed up and re-paint. She also shared to use a painter’s tool (aka paint spatula) to press painter’s tape closer to the wall. Since I didn’t have many lines to clean up, I chose to kind of paint over the “janky” areas. I took into consideration my plans for a floating shelf; so I didn’t give too much concern to the look of the lines.

Where We’re Headed…

Now we’re headed into Week 6 and SHEESH! I feel like I have far more to do than where I thought I would be in this process.

Up next… all the goals from Week 4, with the exception of hanging the mirror and cleaning the paint lines. Le Sigh. Will I make week 6 with great strides! Or…am I being over zealous? It’s gonna be a “yes” to one of em’!

Sneak Peak

Week 6 out of 8



There’s a vanity to paint and epoxy to apply. Plus that daggum faucet has to be completely removed <insert eye roll>. So much to do with what feels like so little time.

Be sure to check out the other featured designers and guest participants for the One Room Challenge with Better Homes and Gardens (media sponsor).

https://www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Ya girl, Kim!

Week 4: One Room Challenge

Painting is my nemesis and I think the light fixture had it out for me too!

Let’s chat paint stripes

As a compromise to my daughter wanting a dragon mural on the wall, we agreed to stripes. However, those stripes didn’t agree to me! Actually, I went about applying the stripes all wrong. Take this as your guide in How Not to Apply Stripes On A Wall.

Step 1

Use painter’s tape correctly. Meaning… do not put the painter’s tape up and realize you want some pieces longer so you add a piece on top of the already hung piece and extend it out that way. Yes that was a run-on sentence but it had to be said without taking a breath for the impact! Just start over. Trust me when I say, “it’s better to waste the tape and start over than to mess up the paint job.”


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Step 2

I knew to paint my white base color over the stripes to prevent bleed through of the solid colored stripes. However, I got distracted and only did the base color. You know what that meant? When I finally painted those stripes, I had bleed through because the base (my white paint) was already dry. Instead, you should paint over your tape with your base color; allow to slightly dry, then proceed to paint your stripes.


It looked so good when I taped it!It looked so good when I taped it!

It looked so good when I taped it!


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These lines could have most certainly been crispier

Step 3

Pull the painter’s tape off at a 45° angle. Your lines should come out far more crisp than mine. Le sigh… I’ve got to fix these stripes. But before I do that … there’s a new light fixture to hang.


Lights On

I purchased a light fixture from Amazon with the intentions of having someone else put it up. The more I saw what was required via YouTube University, the more I felt I could do it myself. Only one problem… ya girl not trying to electrocute herself!

I turned off ALL power sources – meaning the breaker box and the light switch in the bathroom. Was I still afraid? Sure was. You know I’m not going to fake the funk with ya. It wouldn’t be genuine of me if I did. Then I proceeded to dismantle the light fixture. Admittedly, the first go round of this was quite intimidating when I saw all those wires back there.


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Previous builder’s grade light fixture

The old junction box was an interesting plot twist. It was not attached to a stud, which was also non-existent meaning no stud behind the wall at all. Additionally, the junction box was not flush with the circular cut out in the wall. This meant my new fixture’s base would not appropriately fit.


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Notice how the junction box sits back in the wall instead of closer to the edges of the drywall’s circular cut out


In my Insta stories I shared that I cringe at the thought of cracks and crevices. Guess what? I cringe more at the thought of placing my hand inside the wall; but I did it! <insert a mini dance party here!> The junction box was replaced with a nifty one that had flanges to open up behind the wall, allowing the box to sit flush with the wall and no stud needed!


We now have a fresh new junction box and the ability to proceed with hanging our new light fixture. Better light bulbs headed this way shortly!



Next Week’s Goals

Next week’s goals will be:

  • Addressing the stripes -have to figure out how to make this look better without it being one big solid block of color.

  • Start prepping the vanity to paint it

  • Hang mirror

  • Prep top of vanity for epoxy

A lot going on leading into Week 5 of the One Room Challenge. I’m hoping it all comes together; but in the meantime, here’s a link to the other guest participants: www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog.