Patching A Hardwood Floor (And Why Nicole Curtis Is On My Bad List Today)

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Have you ever watched someone on a design/remodeling show do something that you thought would be terribly difficult, but they made it look so easy (or very doable, at least) that you thought to yourself, "I could totally do that!"  And then when you're actually doing the project, you're cursing the aforementioned t.v. personality the whole time for … [Read more...]

Bathroom Progress: Bi-fold Closet Doors Installed As Double Doors

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Y'all, I had such a productive weekend!  I don't have a lot of "pretty" progress to show you, but I got the two side drawers on the vanity cut down, remade, and re-installed with new, shorter roller hardware things.  (What the heck are those called?  My mind just went blank.)  Then I got the vanity all trimmed out, some of the wainscoting … [Read more...]

Bathroom Remodel – Project In Review And Completion Checklist

Hallway bath 09 - resized

Well, I've reached that point in my bathroom remodel where I'm thinking to myself, "Why the heck is this taking so long?! What could I have possibly done that required this much time?" I'm starting to get more than a little anxious to have this room finished so that I can move on to something else.  (I get bored easily, which is why I generally get … [Read more...]

The Final Four Design Decisions: Vanity Color, Wall Color, Wainscoting Design, and Linen Storage Design

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Now that things are coming together in my bathroom, I've finally been able to make the rest of the design decisions for the room.  Starting with... Vanity Color - Light Teal Or Dark Teal?: I've decided to go with the dark teal, Behr's Mythic Forest, for the vanity.  The dark teal just speaks to me right now.  Light teal is Condo Kristi.  Dark … [Read more...]

My Stained “I Can’t Believe It’s Cheap Pine” DIY Butcherblock Countertop (Plus, Vanity Paint Color Options)

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Well, I got impatient and decided I didn't want to wait to stain my vanity countertop.  (If you missed how I constructed this countertop, you can see that here.)   It's not perfect, and I don't think I'd ever fool anyone into thinking that it's walnut or another expensive wood. But I also don't think that "cheap pine" would be the first thing … [Read more...]

DIY Butcherblock-Style Countertop With Undermount Sink – Part 1

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I know y'all were probably expecting a finished vanity today.  I'm so sorry to disappoint!  I promise, there is a method to my madness right now, and my method required that I spend some time working on my DIY butcher block countertop for the vanity. This is one of those "one thing leads to another" and "one project is dependent upon another" … [Read more...]

Furniture-Style Bathroom Vanity Made From Stock Cabinets – Part 1

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This weekend, the cold and rainy weather finally cleared out a bit, the sunshine brought some warmer temperatures, and I was finally able to take my stock cabinets outside and make some progress on my bathroom vanity.  I'm so pleased with how it's turning out so far, but I have quite a bit of work left to do.  I only have the basic build complete, … [Read more...]

Bathroom Door Frustration and Solution (Turn Bi-Fold Doors Into French Doors)

space saving idea for a small bathroom - small doors hung like French doors in standard width doorway - master suite by Angela Flournoy, via Houzz

This bathroom is such a good example of how one project is dependent upon another.  Immediately after I finished the floor, I wanted so badly to jump right in and start adding the wainscoting to the walls.  It would be relatively quick, easy, and would give me some immediate gratification.  But I can't do that just yet, because I first need to … [Read more...]

Finished Bathroom Floor (And The Amazing Difference Grout Makes!)

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I finally finished my bathroom floor last night!  The last time I showed you my progress, it looked like this... I shared that process, and some tiling tips that I learned, in this post. I had about two-and-a-half more rows to install between where I left off and the tub, and then I had the linen storage area behind the door. I thought … [Read more...]

How To Become A Fearless* DIYer

Work on my bathroom remodel is progressing, but it's slower than I had hoped. I hope to have progress to share with you tomorrow, so today I wanted to share my thoughts on how to become a fearless* DIYer. I often get comments from readers wondering how I learned to do the things I do, and how I learned to use tools. I also get lots of comments … [Read more...]