Making A Cement Planter

I’m trying to get into this plant mom life; you can read about my plant life start HERE. As I begin accumulating more plants, I’ve come to realize to travel this planter’s journey will require vessels to house these new plant babies.

Now, I’ve seen some gorgeous planters, with the price tag to match! And who is not interested in tossing money to planters? It’s me!

My DI-trY journey always includes Youtube University; and during this enrollment, I found Casa Refined, who showed a great way to inexpensively create a cement planter. Casa Refined (Jorge)chose to use old thin towels; but I was able to find a few old t-shirts lying around the house. I think it may have been best to use old towels because cutting my old shirts was a tedious task. Although, I think it could also be attributed to the dull scissors I used. In all, I used about three old, thin tees.

These IKEA buckets were inexpensive and made for a decent height after super gluing the two bottoms together. Keeping in mind, when adding the plants of your choosing, there will be additional height added to the planter.

I mixed the cement as if making pancake batter. Hopefully, you’ve made pancake batter where you just add water. If not, you basically want the cement to not be too liquified but also not too pasty. A thin but thick texture, which I know sounds conflicting but trust me. If you try this, you’ll totally understand once you start mixing the cement. Side Note: don’t forget to wear a face mask of some sort to protect yourself from inhaling the cement dust as you mix.

After mixing the cement, it’s now time to take the cut-up shirt pieces; wet with “cement sauce” (not all at once; preferably individually but moving with a swift pace as the cement will begin to thicken in the mixing bucket)and start applying the shirt pieces to the bucket.


Allowing the finished application to dry over 24 hours, the cement planter now looks like this.


Notice the texture and sense of movement the tee shirts give the planter. I’m excited!


Before moving on to the next steps, I added one more coat of “cement sauce” over the completed planter -just to act like a final sealant. Once this cures, which wasn’t long since it’s presently 100 plus degrees here in Texas, you can either leave it as is or do what I did… Pull out a can of your favorite spray paint!

For me, I used Rustoleum Textured interior/exterior spray paint in black. Although the planter already has texture from using the cemented pieces of t-shirt, I still wanted to give the piece an added ‘lift’.


With some flowers added, this project made for a simplistic addition to my front porch. Now, I need to make another planter, but definitely early in the morning. That Texas heat is a BEAST!

Would you try this?

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Until we meet again, be intentional about living your legacy now and genuinely!

Ya girl, Kim!

Weeks 5 & 6 ORC: More Window Seating

Part 2 of One Room Challenge

I thought building the carcass of this window seat was time consuming but dealing with plywood was another time eater for me -mainly because I’m new to working with plywood and new to using a circular saw.


Weeks 3 and 4 of the One Room Challenge included learning how to use my Kreg jig pocket hole maker. This was exciting because those joinery holes are the best! If you’ve been following in my stories, then you know I wanted to pocket hole everything!

Now that the carcass of the window seat is completed, I needed to get the plywood going on this baby. This meant I needed to learn how to use my circular saw, which intimidated me at first. It’s loud and keeping the straight line while cutting is a monster! So, I tucked it away in a corner for far too long.

But you know I won’t walk in fear or intimidation for a lengthy period of time! To get my cuts a little straighter, I purchased the Kreg Rip Cut guide, which I will add to my list of good beginner DIY items to have. That blog post is in the making.


I first did a few practice cuts on the plywood I purchased for the garage shelves because as mentioned throughout my IG Stories, plywood and lumber in genral has become quite costly! I cannot stress the appreciation I have for the Kreg Rip Cutter! Although the plywood sheets for the garage shelves were pricey (by my standard), it wasn’t as much as the 3/4 plywood needed for the window seat.

This happened…

Before purchasing my plywood, I calculated how many sheets would be needed. Since my window seat is 100 inches long, I knew I would need 2 sheets. I wasn’t excited about this, but had I planned better, I probably would’ve done a built-in bookcase on the end of the seat. Oh well, lesson learned! Take your time; sit in the space and really give thought to budget based on your design.


Onward…

Currently, Week 8 is upon me, and the push is on! The carcass is built and guess what?! All the pieces for the window seat have been cut and painted. Now it’s a matter of putting it all together. I’m learning as I go, but this is what a DI-trY is all about!


Stick around for the final reveal! In the meantime, be sure to support the featured designers and guest participants within the One Room Challenge with media partner Apartment Therapy over on their blog www.oneroomchallenge.com/orc-blog

Keep it genuine.

Ya Girl, Kim!

Let’s do it again… One Room Challenge

One Room Challenge Spring 2022

I was a little hesitant to sign up for the One Room Challenge again because of all the “mom life” things going on. Then I said what the heck, there’s always something that’s going to be going on! With that being said, I tossed my hair and said, “Self, let’s do it again!”

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Now to get to what you came for… the mood board reveal and background on the chosen space for this season’s One Room Challenge, being sponsored by Apartment Therapy. Introducing…

Le Sanctuary


Note: Window seat picture by Hydrangea Treehouse and only being used for purposes of mood board

Since the mom life is a lifetime contract (let me add, a contract that I wholeheartedly love), I decided I needed an oasis of sorts. One of the most underutilized spots in our home is the dining room. To be honest, I have no clue if this should be considered a dining room given how small it is. Maybe it was meant to be a sitting area because I just could not see me placing a large dining table in here -and still needing chairs too! Good grief, it would be tight!



Back to it…

I want to create an area where I can come to read, meditate, sit and/or just be. In the past, I’ve found my daughter sitting up here with her iPad just relaxing for hours. I know it’s truly meant to be an area for calm and tranquility when my teenybopper chooses this as her second favorite spot to hang in the house. Can you guess her first favorite? Check out This Post on her first fave spot.

The plan…

Other than actually finishing Lé Sanctuary within the 8-week challenge, here’s what else I’m hoping to see come about:

  • Repurpose the bathroom vanity that was painted during the Fall ORC (see that finale HERE)

  • Hang pendant light (still need to find and purchase)

  • Paint… how do I keep getting myself in these painting situationships (le sigh) 😔

  • Add a couple of decorative shelves

  • Build window seat (this will be a first as well as using my Kreg Pocket Hole Jig)

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Cheer on the featured designers and other guest participants, as most of us navigate our home lives, work 9-5, and still find time to shower – all while making our design and DIY dreams come true!

Until we meet again… Keep it genuine.

Ya girl, Kim!

Making An Entry

Upon entering my home, there’s a blank wall needing some attention. If you’ve been rolling with me in my stories over on Instagram, then you know the wall. Yep, uh huh, that one.

Listen, I want this wall to be that curiosity piece. You know? The one where people see it then wonder what other hidden DI-trY gems does this home possess?


Here enters…

Lé Slat Wall

For the longest, this wall has been bare. Like seriously… No color; no art, no nothing! Oh but baby, that’s about to change with yet another wall upgrade! If you didn’t catch the first upgrade, check out these posts on adding wall moulding and an Artsy Fartsy DIY art project using hot glue! You’ll love ‘em! For today’s DI•trY, you will need the following:


Of course, there’s always some Pinterest inspo to help get the design juices flowing. I usually try to go with no more than five ideas; or else I risk having analysis paralysis and won’t start! You ever get like this with too many options? I know I do.

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Before the fun…

Before the fun begins, I had to take care of the not so fun parts, at least to me they aren’t. I painted the wall Midnight Blue by Behr paint, followed by sanding my slats.

On my Instagram stories, I shared my fear of adding color in my home, but I’m gradually getting over it. If you’d like to try this project, you can shop materials here.

FYI… I brought my slats inside to get acclimated to the atmosphere of the house versus having them in the cold garage. Wood contracts, so I wanted the slats to do what they do in the environment of the installation, prior to staining.


Stain On…

Before taking on this DI•trY project, I honestly did NOT think staining slats would dang near take me out! In between life happening (per usual), there was plenty of staining. Hear me when I say PLENTY of staining (this is where I begged myself to abandon this project)!

Needless to say, I didn’t flake out on the slat wall. Shucks, I purchased all these slats already and the price of wood today is not ya friend! Needless to say, I’m not wasting any money simply because I had a case of the ‘don’t wannas’!

The idea…

Execution…

Of course once the staining was done, there’s the cutting. I cut my slats based on the above idea drawing (obviously not drawn to scale).

  • Started with 3 vertical slats, affixed using my 1/4 inch multi-screws.

  • Used my 1×6 as the leading board (header) and wanted to use same size as the ending board (footer)

  • Atop the slats and following the header board, I used my nail gun to attach my cut horizontal slats (again, based on my above “Idea” drawing).

  • Using a scrap piece of wood, I was able to create equal spacing between the slats. This helps eliminate mis-measuring and BONUS: the spacer can also serve as a small shelf. (Note: I’m not placing anything super heavy on this tiny shelf. I’ve opted for small decor, to include a small vase with a plant cutting)


Reveal…

I’m not one for prolonging the reveal so here’s the 95% finish of the slat/plant wall.


Why 95%

Why 95% you ask? Well, turns out the bottom portion of the wall isn’t straight so the bottom boarder slat can’t simply lay flat and get nail gunned like the top boarder. This places a slight burnt crisp on my cookies – meaning I’ll need to figure something out.


HOWEVER(comma), it’s going to have to go on the backlog because I’m totally over all the staining and the One Room Challenge is headed my way! So let’s end on a good note.

Possible changes…

also known as The Backlog

I’m thinking I would like to bring the Midnight Blue Behr paint slightly higher up the wall. Perhaps, I’ll also move the slat wall over to the right, and cut the bottom portion up above the electrical outlet.

But again… that’s all BackLog and we’ve got more plans for this space during the One Room Challenge!


Till we meet again… Keep it Genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

Artsy Fartsy

I’m finding myself leaning more into a side of myself I once thought was so NOT me! Wanna know what it is???

Crafts!

Yes! It’s arts and crafts. Back in the day, my mom was the leader of arts and crafts for VBS (Vacation Bible School); and when I tell you I STRONGLY DISLIKED HER ROLE‼️ We (her children) were her guinea pigs who had to do ALL the crafts before she chose which one would be done at VBS. Looking back on those moments, and now recognizing how blessed I was, I could slap myself for being such a turd about crafting with my mom!

Can you tell I really enjoyed Schitt’s Creek?! Anywhoo…Nowadays, I find myself dissecting with my eyes, many things I see in the store to determine if I should buy it or DI•trY it!?!?

In the case of this particular project, I did not need to look any further for many of my supplies after coming across Tresha JA Design YouTube post involving much of what I already had on hand.

You will need…

This project does not require major tools. As previously mentioned, most items you may already have at your fingertips. However, if you don’t have these supplies, you can find most, if not all, of them at your local grocery superstore. This way you get your groceries (or as we say in New Orleans “make groceries”) and pick up craft supplies.

  • parchment paper

  • Picture frame

  • glue gun

  • pencil

  • glue sticks

  • paint brush or paint sponge

  • acrylic or interior paint color of your choosing

  • spray paint color of your choosing



If you recall in my Picture Framed post, I did a wall moulding installation and I wanted to add an art piece in the larger, middle box. I felt this would be the perfect opportunity to showcase my long lost VBS crafting skills! Thanks mom! Lol.



Back to it…

Using the parchment paper, I drew lines around a shaky hand drawn circle. Listen, I am in no way a drawer, so do not feel like your lines need to be perfect (or the circle either)! You mainly want an idea of a pattern to follow.


After drawing my lines, I took my hot glue gun and followed the pattern. This design was repeated about 4 good individual times … the other times, let’s just say it got real abstract and will be repurposed elsewhere. Smh.

While the hot glue design was setting up, which doesn’t take long, I painted the back board insert of my IKEA frame. Shop any store selling picture frames for yours or even better…pick a frame up from your local thrift store! I’m sure it will bring down the project’s cost! Yaaayy for saving money!


Now, using my Rustoleum spray paint, picked up during a grocery run, I spray painted my individual hot glue pieces. I let those babies dry while I went off to pick up The Girl (aka my daughter) from school.

Once everything was dry, I positioned my first layer of glue art on the painted back board insert. I then hot glued the piece onto the board. Thereafter, I repeated this step but affixed/ hot glued each layer atop the previous layer. I did this approximately three times to give the piece some depth. NOTE: I really just “loosely” followed the instructions in @treshaja YouTube video; but words like depth is what makes it sound artsy fartsy.



The results…

Here’s the final result after somewhat fighting with the closures on the back of my picture frame. I really like how this art piece turned out; to say its cost was no more than $20 (to include the purchased frame and spray paint.) All other items were already in my craft supplies.




The wall needs a few coats of paint, but in my IG Stories you know what experience I am having with differentiating the paint colors.

Try it…

Let me know in the comments what you think and if you’d try this quick and fairly simple art addition.

Now, off to paint a wall and get started on another project. Stay tuned in my stories and Insta squares on Instagram!

Subscribe for first reveals at what’s to come and first to see what has been completed!

Until we meet again… Keep it genuine!

Ya girl, Kim!

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!

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!


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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.


First epoxy coatFirst epoxy coat

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.


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

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!