Tag Archive: Upcycle

Apr 23

Introducing the Finished Bathroom Project!

What a learning experience!  We laughed, we cried, we try to electrocute ourselves.  The Bathroom Project was by far the biggest undertaking that I attempted to this day.  I learned something every step of the way.  Some say it takes a village to raise a child, it took a village to help me put this bathroom together.  I had a ton of help from a number of people (Chris, Jim, Brandon, Jay,  and most importantly Kelli!)  I am very lucky to have a lot of skilled people in my life that are willing to help the kid in the corner with the dunce cap on.  Much love goes out to each of them (I’m listening to some rap while I write this.)  Also, big shout out to google.  I couldn’t have done it with you.

Without further a due I present the Finished Bathroom Project!

From the Bathroom Door


Bathroom Project: The Demolition and Move


Bathroom Project Before/After

The East Wall – The Washer and Dryer Side


Bathroom Project: Washer and Dryer Move & Pex


Bathroom Project Before/After

Storage Below the Stairs


Bathroom Remodel: Beginner Lessons for Drywalling


Bathroom Project Before/AfterThe West Wall Towards the Bathroom Door


Bathroom Project: Early Lessons

Bathroom Project: The Demolition and Move


Bathroom Project Before/AfterElectrical Work and Vanity


Bathroom Remodel: Electrical Work


Bathroom Project Before/AfterRaise Toilet and Shower “The Throne”


Bathroom Remodel: Raised Drainage Platform


Bathroom Project Before/After

After all the work that was done and the blood, sweat, and tears that were spent, we are very pleased with the results!  From start to finished the Bathroom Project took around 7 months.  That includes casually working on it and many times having to teach myself the next step or recruit someone to help.  Knowing what I know now, I’m thinking we could’ve finished it in 2-3 months working most weekends and the occasional weeknight.

Now on to cost/benefit.  We did every part of this project ourselves and with the help of friends.  I paid all my friends with food and adult beverages so I don’t count that (I was going to use both of those things anyways.)  With that said, we are only looking at cost of materials and the total for the entire bathroom was right around $2,000.  We sold our house in January and I will assure you that adjusting the listing for your house from a 1 bathroom to a 2 bathroom definitely provided returned our investment we were hoping for.

If I had the chance to do it again I would do it in a heartbeat.  It’s a lot of work but I gain invaluable experience, created some great memories with my wife and all my friends, and now can/could not stink up the only bathroom in the house!  Here’s to you 2nd bathroom!


P.S. If you want to check out the rest of the post outlining the Bathroom Project Click here or click “Bathroom Project” in the tags section to the right.

Aug 24

Lamp Re-do

I bought this lamp at a garage sale a couple years ago. I tend to stockpile items that I have ideas for, but don’t always get to the projects in a timely manner. This was one of those projects. The lamp re-do took me about 2 hours total, cost me absolutely nothing, and is such a transformation. Here’s the deal. My plan was to recover the lampshade with a pretty fabric.
I had little confidence in my ability to do this. Therefore, I took no pictures of the re-covering process. This is what I do, subconsciously, when I don’t think a project I’m doing will turn out. For anyone that knows anything about me, I tend to rush through projects and not measure, think things all the way through, or be very detail-oriented. It’s just how I was made. Taking the time to be particular makes me go bonkers. I knew that covering a lampshade would take some precision and patience….two things I don’t always have. This project, however, worked out perfectly, without making me be a crazy person! Maybe I’ll try another lampshade re-cover and do a full tutorial on it. That’d be handy for anyone who is interested in trying it at home.

When painting the lamp base, first I wiped it down with a damp cloth. Then, I sanded down the whole thing with sand paper. Then, I used mustard yellow paint and did a light first layer. I let that dry and repeated three times until I had the finish that I wanted.

To cover the lampshade:

Essentially, I made a template on paper by tracing the lampshade. Then, I measured (yes, you saw that right) one inch away from the traced line to act as space to fold down over the lampshade on the fabric. Then, I carefully cut on the line. Finally, I placed the fabric on the lampshade and glued one end down. I started from there and folded down the fabric on the top and bottom of the shade, gluing on the inside as I went. To hold the glue in place, I put clothespins on the top and bottom of the shade. I kept these clips on for 24 hours to make sure the glue held. 

And this is the final product! It lives in my work office. It brightens my day 🙂See that awesome desk? The hubby made that for me. It’s amazing…and so is he. The coolest part about this desk is that he’s making more and you can have one too! We’re custom making them, so let us know if you’re interested in your very own barnwood desk!


That’s all folks!

May 30

Ladder Herb Garden

I’ve been wanting a small space designated for herbs only. And, who’s surprised, the hubs made one! And not just any “space” for herbs. It’s the most unique herb garden I’ve seen, and I’m in love (with the herb garden and my handy hubby, naturally).

When my parents were visiting over Easter, my Dad (who is also amazingly creative) suggested that we use some of our old drawers that were hanging out in the burn pile for something. Those two creative minds came up with this shelf ladder concept that is now my herb ladder garden! Wow.

This is Eric planning it out. I’ve learned how to plan before creating from him. I tend to just not quite think projects through before going to town.

These are the three drawers that he used.He attached plastic to the insides of all three drawers to keep water from ruining the wood. Genius, I tell ya!

And here she is!

We’ve got green onions, cilantro and basil

May 02

The Upcycled Yellow Chair

I bought this adorable chair at the salvation army about 6 months ago for $2. I like to think that I saved him from his sad life in the basement of a thrift store. I’m sure he had a sweet life before being donated because it’s such an a unique chair. Somehow, I neglected to take a “before” picture. Anyhow, I contemplated for months about what I should do with it. First, it was going to be a Christmas present for a friend. Then, I thought that might be a weird gift AND I forgot that I didn’t have a way to transport it in our packed-full vehicle. It continued to sit in my office adorned with a vintage globe, until I had a brilliant idea [Those don’t happen very often so I had to jump on it] I made the executive decision to paint one of our dressers a mustard yellow color while we were at Home Depot a while back. Since I’ve never painted a dresser….let alone a wild color, I decided to try the color out on this chair! Brilliant, I know. So, that’s the story.

First, I gave the chair a good ol’ sanding. I used sand paper to get all the nooks and crannies. Then, I made sure to get all the debris off with a cloth.

I spray painted the legs with a matching brown color. And then I started painting the wooden part of the chair mustard yellow.
Once it was fully dry, I started sanding it in all the right places to give it a vintage, worn effect. That’s the part that you can get creative with.
When that was done, I gave it a nice coat of polyurethane to protect it.

I decided to put this cute little guy on my front porch. I’ll take a picture of that soon and post it. I’m working on making an outdoor pillow to set on him….but that’s another project for another day.