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Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories

Now that we have settled into our home (a little more) after flooding, I can honestly say that it’s slowly beginning to feel like normal!!!  Hallejuhah!!!  Cue the angels & the choir, because HOPE is in the air!!  It might also be due to the fact that I am taking a fabulous bible study class called “Anchored in Hope,” (taught by an incredibly blessed woman), but regardless, something beautiful inside the soul is taking place!!   And that hope has inspired me to finally get around to do a post on our Master Bathroom Remodel: Hardware Accessories.  

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Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories

I knew there was a ton to cover in this room, and that is probably why I have been procrastinating on getting this post done – LOL!! 

Now, that I am looking through pictures, etc…., I know that I will have to split the master bath remodel into several posts.   So, just sit tight…. it’s coming!!

Sink, shower, tub, and Barn door Hardware will come in next post – so stay tuned!!

Shower Post is Done!  Shower Remodel Design Guide:  10 Things You Must Know.


Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories

First Things First:

  • I will honestly admit that I had NO idea how much thought and planning went into a master bathroom remodel. 
  • It’s very overwhelming at first (probably because I hadn’t planned on flooding – arrrrrgh!!)…… but with the right planning, it is achievable. 


  • Out of all of the changes that we made in the bathroom, the hardware accessories are what makes the bathroom mine!!   
  • The hardware and chandelier are the final accessories that complete the master bath;  they are the jewelry that adds the final touch.  And they reflect my (our – ha!) personality.  

Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories

I’ll be covering all things crystal, glass, and mirrors:

  1.   Chandelier
  2.   Crystal knobs
  3.   Glass pulls
  4.   Door knobs
  5.   Mirrors






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Before & After Pictures:

So, this is what it used to look like after the flood…… (sorry for the bad lighting)




This is during the sheet rock phase…..



And now…..








***  Some of the pictures don’t have all 3 phases…..just what I could find!! ***








Want more information on barn doors, click 55 Incredible Barn Door Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style.




























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1.  Chandelier – click here                                        


 2.  Cabinet Knobslargesmall

3.  Pulls  3″,  3.75″ 5 1/16″    mine are:  3 3/4″ (linen closet), 5 1/16″ (on vanities) 

Liberty 5-1/16 in. (128mm) Polished Nickel and Clear Acrylic Bar Drawer Pull


4.  Door Knobs tulip, roundfaceted 1, faceted 2

  (passage= closet),  (privacy=bath LOCK)


5.  Mirrors  24″x36″, 30″x40″, 24″x54″

mine are (30″ x 40″)


If you have any questions, let me know!  Did you like the changes we made….and if so, which one was your favorite? 

Shoot me a comment – I’d love to know what y’all think!!

Have a Fabulous Week!!!  

Love & Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

Want to see more before & after pictures of our remodel click:  Hurricane Harvey Flooded: House Makeover.  Want more painting advice…try Master Bed Makeover or Painting Kitchen Cabinets White.










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Shower Remodel Design Guide: 10 Things You Must Know

I am so happy to be sharing our master walk-in shower remodel with you – finally!!  If you have visited the blog before, you have probably already found the Master Bathroom Remodel:  Hardware Accessories post, but are now looking for a little more detail on the actual remodel itself.  So, today I will begin a new bathroom series where I break it down into smaller sections and provide answers to your most frequently asked questions.  Who’s ready?  Shower Remodel Design Guide:  10 Things You Must Know.

Shower Remodel Design Guide: 

10 Things You Must Know

Let’s see where it all began.  Here is a before picture of our shower in our master bathroom.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know

And after.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know


  • If you want to shop shower items or get the shower dimensions guide, scroll to the END of the post.  

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Shower Remodel Design Guide:  

10 Things You Must Know

When I started writing this post, I thought I would gear it more to the before and after pictures reveal, or even just a shower makeover tips post.

But then as I started diving into it, I realized that I learned a lot of things that I wouldn’t have known when beginning the remodeling process. 

I figured that y’all are probably like me, and really have a ton of questions on how or what goes into a shower remodel.  Or even where to begin.

So I did a ton of digging in order to help answer as many of those frequently asked questions –  that I had also.  

Whether you’re looking to do a small bathroom shower remodel on a budget or a large shower renovation diy-style, here are 10 important things to mark off that unknown checklist.


  1.   How much does a shower remodel cost?
  2.   What is the Return on Investment (ROI) from a bathroom remodel?
  3.   How long will the bathroom shower remodel take?
  4.   How to choose and arrange shower wall tiles?
  5.   Do I need a half wall (also called pony wall or knee wall)?
  6.   Do I need a shower bench?
  7.   How to choose shower hardware?
  8.   What height should a shower tile accent border be?
  9.   What height and dimensions should shower niche be?
  10.   What is the difference between frameless and semi-frameless glass shower doors?

Let’s get to it!!  Shower Remodel Design Guide:  10 Things You Must Know.



How much does a shower remodel cost?

According to Home Advisor, a shower remodel (installation)  will cost anywhere between $1,426 – $6,528:  on average ~$3,972.

A walk-in shower remodel (according to Home Advisor) will cost on average ~$6,000.

Of course this amount will depend on many different factors:

  • the square feet of your project
  • if you’re doing a low-end, mid-range, or high-end renovation
  • if you’re hiring out a contractor or doing DIY- style

Just to give you an example of pricing, our custom glass shower door (handle and installation included) was around $1500 for a ~ 8×4 door.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



What is Return on Invest (ROI) of bathroom remodel?

According to Cost versus Value Report 2020, the average ROI is 64% for an entire bathroom remodel (this doesn’t list each bathroom component separately, but as a whole). 

This ROI is based on a mid-range remodel.  So be smart when choosing higher-end fixtures, tile, lighting, etc.  Otherwise, it is possible you will not get that money back when selling.

On the other side, if it makes you happy – go for it!!

For our shower, I wanted a marble tile inset with marble trim.  It was the one of the most expensive parts of the shower, but worth it – for me!

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



How long will a shower remodel take?

According to, it takes approximately 23 days to do a small bathroom remodel (entire room).

If no weekends are worked, that breaks down to ~4 1/2 weeks.  I personally believe the time frame to be more accurately around 6-8 weeks, maybe even up to 12 weeks for the entire room.

Even though this statistic is based on an entire bathroom remodel, I would agree that a shower (alone) remodel is probably about the same amount of time (4 1/2 weeks).

I know it probably seems like a quick process, but a ton of planning (and building codes have to be met)  for the entire process to run smoothly.

Here is picture of what our shower looked like when partially demo’ed, so you can see how much work goes into it.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



How to choose and arrange shower wall tiles?

To make this process easier, go ahead and search through pinterest or Houzz to get ideas for your new shower.  Then save those inspiration pictures to a board or file folder you can reference quickly.  

This will help you narrow down your choices before you actually begin looking at tile in person.

TIP #1:  I recommend choosing 3 top inspiration pictures and study the color of the tile, the direction of the tile placement, the size of the tile, and how many different tiles are used.

For example:  I wanted white, large marble (looking) tile – horizontally set for the wall, a dark charcoal gray and white tile accent feature wall with marble trim, and coordinating gray penny tile for shower floor.  

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know

*Now when you go out, ONLY look for the things that you highlighted in those 3 pictures.  This will help you NOT to get sidetracked or overwhelmed – trust me!!  

You can also follow a couple of these helpful tips:

  • TIP #2:  If you want your shower to look bigger or wider, lay your tile horizontally.  If you want your shower to look taller, lay your tile vertically.
  • TIP #3:  Using larger sized tiles will also help your shower to appear bigger – because there are less grout lines.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



Do I need a half wall (also called pony wall or knee wall)?

When I was first choosing shower inspiration pictures from pinterest, I was really drawn to the full frameless glass shower door style.  They were all so classy and looked very upscale.

But the more I saw pictures of showers with the half wall design, I began to change my mind.  I decided to go with function over looks only.

Plus, I wanted to “hide” some of the clutter and toiletries that get stuck in our shower over time (see #6 below).  And the half wall helps keep the shower feel more like a spa, than an outhouse – ha!

Our half wall dimensions:  23″ W x 36.5″ H x 6″ D

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



Do I need a shower bench?

We decided to put a shower bench (seat) in our shower because I wanted a leg rest for shaving!  But it wasn’t the only reason.

Having a shower bench is great if we do need to sit down, and it really comes in handy to hide all of our “extras” behind the half wall.

I didn’t want to have this beautiful custom shower built, and then see razors, shaving cream, glass squeegee, etc…. as soon as I walked into the bathroom.

The National Kitchen & Bath Association recommends:  shower seat height of 17โ€ to 19โ€, and a seat depth of 15โ€ for standard size.

Our Bench Seat Dimensions:  20.5″ H x 30.5 W  x 17″ D.

  • TIP #4:  Make sure the seat slightly slopes toward the floor or you’ll have water puddle on top.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know 


How to choose shower hardware?

Choosing hardware doesn’t seem too difficult, but just like choosing tile, it can get overwhelming.  

Like mentioned above, choose some inspiration photos – but on hardware only.  These might be different photos than your “tile loves” photos.

What hardware finish is your favorite: nickel, bronze, chrome, oil-rubbed bronze? 

Do you like traditional or modern style?  Do you want a hand held shower head with hose, fixed shower head, or even a rain shower head?

TIP #5:  Do some research.  After you know what you like, research the cost, check out reviews and availability.  Does it work with your current valve system or do you need to change out everything?

We went with a fixed shower head (again – wanted it to have a clean look), traditional style, with dual handles.  All in polished nickel.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know


And we added the rain shower head also with 12″ long shower arm (ceiling mount extension) both in brushed nickel.  

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



What height should a shower tile accent border be?

According to the, you should follow the golden rule as a guidleline to add accent tile.    Basically the golden rule is 1.618 to 1 = 1.618/100 = ( .618). 

For more information check out this post.  It contains a ton of helpful information.

This guide can be used for a vertical or horizontal shower tile accent border (strip), and also for a tile accent feature wall.

So, here’s how it works:

our wall height:  9 ft x .618 = 5.5    

our wall width:  ~6 x .618 = 3.5

3.5/5.5 = .64 is to 5.5/9  = .61 = .6 (or basically 2/3 rule).

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know

Not only does this golden rule work for wall placement, it applies to the actual size of the feature tile accent itself.  

To the left of our accent wall  is ~1.5′, to the  right ~ 1 ‘ = (1/1.5 = .66)

Our tile accent feature wall dimensions:  ~ 3′ W x 5′ H = (3/5 = .6)

Love this rule!!  It seems to work every time!!


What height and dimensions should shower niche be?

According to, the ideal height for a shower niche is 48″-60″H.  Standard dimensions are 12″ W x 24″ H –  and 3.5″ D  (according to

Our shower niche dimensions are:  26.5″ W x 10″ H x 4″ Deep, and a shower height of 39.5 “H.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know


You can tell that we went with a horizontally shaped shower niche (versus vertically shaped), at a lower height than suggested above.  

The reason:  as mentioned previously, I did not want the niche (and clutter) to be seen when entering into the bathroom.  So we came up with this lower placement, for function only.  

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



What is the difference between frameless and semi-frameless glass shower doors?

According to, a frameless glass shower door needs to be at least 3/8″ or 1/2″ thick so that it doesn’t need support of a metal frame. 

A semi-frameless glass shower door has metal support everywhere except on the side of the actual door itself (like the one we used to have –  before picture). 

A framed shower door is entirely framed out in metal. 

*This post (insight glass above) contains a lot of helpful information – so check it out.*

TIP #6:  Make sure you choose a glass shower door that can pivot or swing – open outwards and inwards.  This allows you get into the shower (door out) while water is running, and allows water to drip inside the shower (door in) after you’re done.

Our new glass shower door is frameless 3/8″ thick, just a FYI.

To see picicture of the door swinging out – go up to question #1.  

And here is a picture of the door swinging in.

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know


Don’t forget about the shower pull also.

TIP #7:  Make sure you buy one that is dual, back to back, so that you can open your shower door from both sides.

You don’t want to get stuck inside your new beautiful shower without a way out.  ๐Ÿ˜‰

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know



  1.   Accent Tile – Tile Bar Highland Blossom
  2.   Accent Tile Marble Trim (edging) – Floor & Decor Bianco
  3.   Floor Tile – Floor & Decor Penny Tile
  4.   Shower Head  & Handles – Home Depot Kohler Worth
  5.   Rain Shower Head – Home Depot Kohler 8″
  6.   Rain Shower Arm (ceiling mount) – Home Depot Kohler 12″
  7.   Ladder Pull – Home Depot Dual 12″ Back to Back Brushed Nickel Pull
  8.   *Wall Tile 12×24 Polished – Floor & Decor (Volaskas dicontinued)

*Wall Tile – 12×24 Polished – similar here

shower remodel design guide: 10 things you must know


I hope that many of your questions were answered, and that you can now remodel your shower with confidence!

Let me know if you have any other questions!

Have a Great Spring!

Love & Spring Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

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How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel: Tips & Ideas

It’s hard to believe that a year ago, we were just beginning to move back into our house.  And that it has been almost 2 years since we flooded.  But…. we made it!!  WOOHOO!!  So in honor of our one year anniversary of moving back in, and our two-year celebration of surviving Hurricane Harvey, I thought it was time to conquer the beast:  How to Plan Your Kitchen Remodel:  Tips & Ideas 

There is sooooo much to cover on our kitchen remodel, that I will have to divide it up into several posts.  Today, I’ll go over all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen and give you a resource guide with links to the products we used.   More posts to come later!!

*** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***  

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I just wanted to take a little stroll down memory lane before we begin.  Since we have been in our current house now for 14 years, the kitchen has definitely had the most updates.  

To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.











So….. I will first say that planning our kitchen remodel – was literally a nightmare.  It would have been a  large project even if we were doing a planned (or scheduled) kitchen renovation. But because of the flood, it was a horrible situation.  

And….. I will also be the first to admit, that there are some circumstances that absolutely cannot be controlled when $135,000 homes flood during a catastrophic hurricane disaster.  Items were  – like quadrupled back-ordered – if that’s even a real word!!


BUT….. there is a REAL problem when your contractor tells you that he will only contract with 10-15 homes (max), and you find out that he’s actually taken on 30 homes.   Yep – you read that correctly – 30 homes!!!

We were home #8.  He quit after 8 months, lied, and took our money.  Can you imagine if you were home #30?  

*** I will be writing a post soon on how to choose a contractor, so that you don’t get taken advantage of like we did.  For now though, just check out the section below to give you a guide to a couple of important items to consider. ***




Here are some helpful tips and advice that I highly recommend when hiring out a contractor, or subcontractors to do your kitchen renovations.


  1.  Use Pinterest and save inspiration photos for your dream kitchen remodel.  
  2.  Set up a must-have list, and realize you will have to compromise on certain things.
  3.  Know that you WILL be inconvenienced for the entire length of the project.
  4.  Set up a realistic budget for your kitchen project.
  5.  Know what you want to do:  cabinets, countertops, flooring, lighting, appliances?
  6.  Talk with close friends who have had a kitchen remodel, and get honest feedback.


  1.  Get pictures of other projects they have done, and check references.
  2.  Go over the time frame that the project will take (6-8 weeks?, etc)
  3.  Set up a penalty charge for each day project goes over completion date.
  4.  How many projects (or homes) will they be working on while doing your job?
  5.  Will the contractor check on the work daily, or send a foreman?
  6.  Go over the budget & change orders slips process.
  7.  Tell your contractor what your “remodeling personality” is upfront.
  8.  Do not let your contractor tell you what YOU will like or want.
  9.  Ask to see fabricator’s seam lines:  especially if using white quartz.
  10.  How will they protect your new countertops & flooring?
  11.  Will he use subcontractors or his own crew?
  12.  If using multiple subcontractors – ask to see each one’s work.
  13.  Ask where they will be doing their work:  driveway, front or back yard, etc?
  14.  Ask where they will keep their trash and debris?
  15.  How often will they pick up their trash and debris?  daily or weekly?


  1.  Measure your existing kitchen dimensions.
  2.  Take a lot of pictures of your existing kitchen.
  3.  Pack up everything: you won’t use, you might use, and will definitely use – separately.
  4.  Set up a “mini” kitchen somewhere in your house to see what you’ll need.
  5.  Print and HANG your inspiration photos on the wall for the workers.




Here are some helpful average kitchen remodel cost averages to give you an idea of what you might be spending.   Of course – these are just meant to provide you with a GUIDE.  Check out these websites – they have a ton of helpful information!!


According to Home Advisor and Home Guide, the average cost of a kitchen remodel in 2019 is roughly $12,500 – $35,000.

To make it easier, this cost can be broken down by the total square feet of your kitchen.  Basically, you will (most likely) spend anywhere from $75-$250/square feet for your kitchen renovation.  On average, you will spend ($16,6000 – $23,784) or $150/sq. ft per Home Advisor and Home Guide.


Home Advisor also states that the industry suggests that a good number to spend on your kitchen remodel is 5% – 15% of your home’s value.  So, if your home is worth $300,000, you could spend on average $30,000 to update your kitchen.

I’ll touch more on this in a separate post.  I just wanted to give you an idea of cost, and provide you with some very helpful websites.


Here just a little guide to show you what kitchen items cost by percentage.




Here are all of the changes that we made to our existing kitchen 

resource guide with links to the products we used.  *** Scroll to the END of the post for the RESOURCE GUIDE ***

These are the STEPS in order of how our kitchen remodel (should have been) was done.  


  1.  Walls Removed to Living Room
  2.  Custom Lower Cabinets, New Door Fronts Upper Cabinets
  3.  Added Top Cabinets with Glass Inserts & Dummies
  4.  Closed up 2 Windows in Backsplash Side Wall
  5.  Lowered Dishwasher
  6.  Created L-Shaped Island
  7.  New Doors:  Pantry, Storm Door, & Screen Door
  8.  Trim Added to Kitchen Banquette
  9.  New Trim & New Baseboards 
  10.  Paint Colors – Cabinets, Trim, Walls
  11.  Added Quartz Countertops
  12.  New Backsplash
  13.  Hardwood Flooring
  14.  Lighting:  Island, Breakfast Nook, Under Cabinet, Extended Cabinets, Can Lighting
  15.  Hardware to Cabinets
  16.  New Appliances

Ok, let’s get to it!!




Once it was determined that we needed to get rid of the lower cabinets (recommended by the mold inspector for precaution), those cabinets were removed.  The contractor should have also demo’ed the tile floor and the backsplash at this stage, since we were changing both of these items. 

And why didn’t he……remember the 30 homes (he contracted with) mentioned above?  This is what happens when your contractor gets greedy, and fails to supervise his jobs and workers.  


As a result of him not doing his job, this oversight created a HUGE ordeal for our family!!  We were not living here at the time (living with my mother-in-law), so it would have been perfect to demo while we were out of the house.   

He waited until the FIRST weekend we moved back into the upstairs to demo – creating EXTREME NOISE AND DUST for about 6 hours!!!  Oh…..and then they had to come back and demo all the rest of the tile:  the powder bath, laundry room, and master bath – ANOTHER WHOLE DAY AGAIN!!!


Notice anything about the picture below?  Yep – they didn’t even bother to COVER our ovens, buffet, refrigerator or even our glass chandelier (both not pictured).

And since we knew the lower cabinets were not staying, we went ahead and created the open concept living room – kitchen combination.  Click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room for more on that post.







On the sink wall, we removed the entire “arch section” and built in spice rack (can’t see it here), and added the top portion of cabinets.   We also lowered our dishwasher so we would have a flat countertop.

Then we had glass inserts added to the cabinets on both sides of the sink, and a solid front for the middle section (where the can light is hidden).


The lower cabinets and island were all custom built, as well as all of the shaker style doors.  We were able to keep our upper cabinets, so they just made doors to match.


And now, with all of the changes made.  What do you think?  


Here (below) we added “dummy” upper cabinets to the left side (above fridge) and actual cabinets on the right side.  




Above:  Just another contractor flub – no carpenter (subcontractors) supervision.  This lower cabinet was NOT even supposed to look like this – shouldn’t have had any open shelves!  

Literally, I had a photo taped to the wall of what I wanted, and they built this while I was out of the house one day.  So, I just left it because I was SO TIRED of them building what THEY WANTED, and asking them to REDO THINGS!!


Once we knew that the all of the lower cabinets were going to be removed, it was time to figure out a new kitchen design layout.  I also knew that we would have to keep a support beam (column) in a certain spot, so I needed to design an island with a column included.


Basically, how did we want the kitchen to function for our family?

Here are the three options that I drew out to give me a visual idea of my potential new space.

Option 1:

This option would give us the “open concept” feeling with having a direct entrance from the living room to the refrigerator, sink, or pantry…….but now it was closing off our breakfast nook (left of picture).

Option 2:  

This option would also give us direct entrance to the same areas (like option 1), plus it would not block off the breakfast nook area.  The only issue is that the island would be irregularly shaped, and it wasn’t the look I was going for.

Option 3:  

The L-shaped island was the winner!! and honestly the best option for our kitchen layout.  Since we were not planning on moving any major appliances, gas or plumbing lines (to save money), this option was going to give us everything we needed.

We would still be able to have the direct entrance into the kitchen from the living room, without blocking off the breakfast nook, and it gave me the clean lines look I wanted.  


And why am showing this other angle?  Do you notice anything maybe a little off?


Shocker – another contractor flub!!  His carpenters built the island 4″ closer in to the sink wall, making the LIGHTS no longer CENTERED with the base of the island!!

Remember how I strongly encouraged you to take measurements of your existing kitchen before demo and work begins? Well, I did – and they STILL didn’t look at it!!!!!

Once again, we came home from our girls’ volleyball tournament, and they had the frame already built.  My measurements were right there in the kitchen for them to look at (in case I wasn’t there FOR THEM TO ASK ME)!!  

So, I extended the countertops out 6″ (farther than originally planned) on the fridge and oven side to balance out the flub.  I just needed to check that the oven doors could still open without hitting the countertops.  AND make sure the dishwasher would open without hitting the island base on the sink side – UGH!!!


  1.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  2.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  3.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  4.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  5.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  6.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware

Sometimes, it’s just all in the details.  The pantry door with the curved arch was a must-have to match the arched window above the sink.  All of our doors have this top arch, and it brings in some farmhouse style to our house.

And the knobs!!!  They go with my glass knobs for the top cabinets with the rope lighting.  I love the fun bubbles, just to keep things from getting to serious in here! haha!!



So, I wanted to show you a wide view of the kitchen area because the trim was one of the biggest projects or our entire remodel.  This was a must-have on my list.

We had trim added to all windows, kitchen banquette area, cabinets, doorways, room openings, column and beams, island base & feet, and baseboards.




Click here for more information on coastal farmhouse dining tables and navy blue and white rugs.



Here was my inspiration for our Craftsman trim (below).  This company is incredible – check it out if you have some time by clicking on the source link below.  

We chose something close to #4 on their guide.


Here it is on OUR door casings and openings.


And on the top kitchen cabinets – from the side view.


Our baseboards are 3 pieces put together.  5 1/4″ board (similar here), and 1 3/8″ top piece (and then shoe moulding where it meets the hardwood).  Or use something similar to this.

Finished height is 6 1/2″H.

Here is a picture of the top casing and board (not pictured is the shoe moulding base).

 A closeup pic.

We did not want the shoe moulding (quarter round) bottom piece – but you can tell – that we ended up with that anyway,  The carpenters had to add this piece because the baseboards should have gone on  after the floor installer was finished (to achieve the “clean lines” style).

Another time where the contractor was NOT supervising his subs.


Again – love all of the info and detailed work of Windsor One.  We chose to something similar to the 2nd pic – last row  – below.   




We chose Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (satin) – walls

Snowbound (oil-based semi-gloss)- trim and cabinets, (flat)- ceilings, and (satin)- pantry walls.   

To see our house paint colors click here.

Below pic:  I just wanted to show you our previous paint colors and floors (ON RIGHT SIDE)  and our new paint colors and floors (ON LEFT SIDE).

We used to have alabaster – which I loved – but it had just a little hint of yellow in it for our house.  So, this time around, I went over one notch over to snowbound which works out great for my other colors. 


We used to have more “red” tones or warm tones, and now we have more “cool” tones.  




We used Arizona Tile “Tipperary” 3cm 2 slabs, but unfortunately it is discontinued.  “Vittoria” is very similar – See RESOURCE GUIDE at very end of post.  

Now, this is was our second choice – but it is beautiful!!  We originally chose calacatta gold quartz (read below), which has more prominent grayish-brown veining.  But this one has just enough gray specks and smaller veins to achieve a similar look.

We found our beautiful calacatta gold quartz -3cm – 2 slabs (126×64) at EXPO (Stones), Houston, TX.  

So, this was by far the biggest contractor and fabricator flub – that ultimately ended our working relationship with our contractor.  Well, basically he stopped showing up, and then he just quit.   

*I will do another post on countertops also.  It is another topic that has a lot of info to cover.*


Long Story Short:  Our contractor’s fabricators were not experienced in cutting quartz (or quartzite), and ruined both of these countertops in our kitchen (and bathrooms).

Here is what it looked like by the first contractor and his fabricators, 2nd actual attempt.  This is the calacatta gold quartz- which is now on our master bathroom and powder bathroom vanities.




This is done correctly by our 2nd contractor and their fabricator – FIRST ATTEMPT.



Since they ruined our ORIGINAL kitchen quartz and our bathrooms quartzite, we ended having to use the damaged quartz in the bathrooms.  UGH!!! 

We had them cut the long slabs into master and powder bath vanities.  And we had to throw the quartzite away – cry-cry!!


And this is what NO ONE told me, not the first contractor, and not even the girl who worked at the countertop place he sent us to:  if choosing more than 1 slab of quartz (or any other countertop material that needs to match), they NEED TO BE FROM MATCHING LOTS. 


We chose Tile Bar, Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round.  Click here for tile that is similar.




We used Earthwerks “Smoke” – TIM375 from EZ Floors, in multi-planks style.  This hand-scraped  engineered hardwood comes in 3″ and 7″ Wide planks, and multiple lengths to create a more authentic look. 

I absolutely love our floors!  BUT….. they were not protected correctly, and they were not installed by a PROFESSIONAL hardwood installer.    So, they actually RUINED THEM. 

Here is a picture of what the original dark smokey-brown color to them.


Here is what unprotected hardwood floors look like.

In fact, the contractor accidentally told us that our job was the FIRST TIME his sub contractor guy had ever done hardwoods- he usually does tile floors.


***TIP***   If doing hardwoods for your flooring, purchase the wood and installation service provided by the hardwood company.   We actually bought our own hardwood (out of pocket) and were in the process of getting EZ Floors to install it, when our contractor tried to change pricing on other items.


Basically, all of the dust settled into the hand-scraped pieces, that you CAN NOT get out!!  More info on blue and white rugs, click here.



Lighting is definitely one of the most important components of a kitchen remodel – so don’t over look it!  We already had can lights – but the contractor did move most of them. 

And them we added 3 island pendant lights, a breakfast nook pendant, top cabinet rope lighting, and under cabinet lighting (light pucks).

Breakfast banquette area with pendant.

Top cabinet lighting (rope lighting).

Under cabinet lighting (puck lighting).



We used stainless steel ladder pulls in 4 different lengths to accommodate all of the different drawer sizes, and taller cabinet doors.  And then we used clear glass knobs for the top cabinets and lower cabinets (shorter) with doors.

  1. Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  2.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  3.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here


***TIP*** Basically, I sketched out our kitchen cabinets, and added different options until I found a look I was happy with.  Then I divided the sketches into sections and hung them up so the workers knew where I wanted them to go. 

They would just check them off as they completed them, and it really came in handy!!  I highly recommend this!  Here is the coffee bar sketch that I saved so you can see how it looked.


And here it is finished.  This also helped me to know how many knobs to order, because it does get VERY confusing.



  1. Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  2.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  3.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  4.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  5.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  6.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  7.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator

So, my 2 favorite new appliances are our 5-burner gas stove and drawer microwave.   We had 4 burners before, and I will admit that the extra burner does come in handy!! 

And then the microwave  drawer rocks!!  Who knew such a small change could make such a big difference.  I highly recommend this if you can add it to your kitchen!!


We also added an undermount sink (since we lowered the dishwasher), and changed out the faucet and water softener spicket.   And I LOVE our new dishwasher.  It is so quiet now!!

The fridge and double ovens we were able to keep – yay!!  And I still love my double ovens – so glad we changed these when we first bought our house.



Our Kitchen Dimensions:  Roughly 16’L x 13’W= 208 square feet.  Breakfast Nook:  10’L x 6.5’W.  Ceilings = 9’H.  

  1.  Cabinets – Lower Custom, Upper – New Doors Only, Upper Extended – Custom
  2.  Pantry Door – JELD-WEN 24×80 2-Panel Roman Interior Door (24×80)
  3.  Pantry Door Knob – Bubble Door Knob polished nickel mine (satin nickel, chrome, bronze)
  4.  Screen Door – Steves & Sons Primed White Premium Fiberglass Door (32×80) 
  5.  Nickel Handle – Delaney Satin Nickel Privacy Handle
  6.  Keyless Entry  – Kwikset Powerbolt Satin Nickel
  7.  Screen Door – Anderson 3000 Series Fullview Black Storm Door (32×80) nickel hardware
  8.  Paint Color Walls – Sherwin-Williams Silver Strand (SW 7057)
  9.  Paint Color Cabinets – Sherwin-Williams Snowbound (SW 7004)
  10.  *Quartz Countertops 2 Slabs – 3cm (126 X 63) – Arizona Tile, Houston – Tipperary*
  11.  Backsplash – Tilebar Eden Rimmed Modern Gray Penny Round, similar here
  12.  1/2″ thick Engineered Hardwood Floors – EZ Floors, Houston – Earthwerks – Smoke TIM375
  13.  Island Light Pendants – Polished Nickel Dome Pendants (3)
  14.  Breakfast Nook Pendant – Parisian 3-Light 14″ Clear Glass Pendant Polished Nickel 
  15.  Cabinet Hardware Template Tool – Align Cabinet Hardware Install Template
  16.  *Cabinet Pulls (26) – Liberty Stainless Pulls  – 3 3/4″ (13), 6 1/4 (3), 7 9/16 (6), 11 5/16″ (4)
  17.  Cabinet Knobs Glass (22) – Home Goods Tahari – 8 pack (3), similar here
  18.  Kitchen Sink – Kohler Undermount Kitchen Sink
  19.  Faucet – Moen Glenshire P/Down Faucet
  20.  Bosch Dishwasher – Bosch 800 Series 24″ Dishwasher or here
  21.  5-Burner Stove – Kitchen Aid Stainless 36″ Gas Cooktop with Downdraft or here
  22.  Microwave Drawer – Bosch 800 Series 30″ Built-in Microwave or here
  23.  Double Ovens – GE Profile 30″ Double Wall Ovens
  24.  Refrigerator – Samsung 27.8 cu. ft. Food Showcase French Door Refrigerator
  25.  Bar Stools/Counter Stools – Gray and White Counter Stools
  • (#1) Quartz – Tipperary IS discontinued.  This one is similar Vittoria – a little busier than Tipperary, but close.
  • (#11) These cabinet pulls are cheaper in 3 3/4 pulls 10-pack or 25-pack (if you are needing a large amount)* I used this size for quite a few cabinets around our entire house, so it was more cost effective for me to buy the packs.


Have a Great Back to School Year Everyone!!


To see more of our kitchen changes throughout the years, click Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Dining Room, 5 Tips:  Painting Dark Kitchen Cabinets White (And the Mistakes I Made), and Opening Up Kitchen Wall to Living Room.

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Home Tour: Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom

Today, I am finally getting to share our master bedroom home tour – woohoo!  This room is still not completely finished, but it is getting closer day by day.  Of course when that happens, I will probably be ready to change it again – lol, but for now it is working for us.  If you love all things farmhouse, and your heart beats coastal cottage, then you are at the right place.  Here it is!  Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom.



So far, I have done a couple of posts on our master bed frame makeover:  painted white and our diy nightstand makeover:  painted white with dark top, to show you one side of our room.   (see links below pictures below)

And now, I can finally show you the rest of our bedroom.

I know there are some things that need to be tweaked, but at least it’s starting to feel more like home again.   

Accent wall Sherwin-Williams Naval – SW 6244 and the side walls are Silver Strand  – SW 7057.


So, what is coastal farmhouse style anyway?  Coastal farmhouse style is really a “feeling” rather than a “look.”  Huh?  What does that mean? 

It is the feeling you get when you walk into a room versus what the room actually looks like.

So, your coastal farmhouse bedroom will be a little different than mine.  It might look similar, but feel different.

What’s the secret then?  Use the 10 elements below to find out!


  1. Relaxed, calming vibe
  2. Antique, vintage furniture or accessories
  3. Shades of blue, gray, or tan
  4. White painted items, white-washed items
  5. Lots of pillows, throws blankets, and fluffy bedding
  6. Coastal Accessories: items with rope, coral or seashells, sea glass decor
  7. Mementos:  items that evoke precious memories
  8. Woven baskets
  9. Tropical plants or natural greenery floral accents
  10. Make it personal


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*** Scroll Down to the end of the post to see pictures of the items.  Click on the picture or links to get more information. ***



Before we begin the tour, I wanted to show you a couple of pictures of what our bedroom used to looked like before the flood (last day before we evacuated), during the cleanup process (2nd set of pics), and after (now).

GOOD  NEWS:  The furniture was solid wood and we were able to save it.

SAD NEWS:  The water covered and damaged the feet, so we had to paint it.

END RESULT:  It was a blessing in disguise – we should have painted that furniture a long time ago!!

You can see more of our house remodel by clicking Hurricane Harvey – The Destruction (part 1) and clicking Hurricane Harvey:  House Makeover (part 2).  












So, who’s ready to begin the tour?  Let’s first start off with the obvious – the painted furniture.

It always amazes me what a fresh coat of paint can do – right?  The painted bed and painted nightstands completely transform the dark furniture, and give the room an updated, fresh look. 

Plus, the white really pops off of the navy accent wall.

But I do understand that not everyone enjoys painting nor wants to take on the challenge of painting furniture. 

If this is you, scroll down to the end of the post for more information on bedroom furniture ideas.

If you want more info on the white-washed bed click here, or more info on the nightstands click here.

Picture Below.  This is my first time sharing our painted dresser (making it’s official DEBUT – lol) in the master bedroom, and the white-wash tutorial is ready (see below).

Do you like it?

The white-washing technique gives it a beach-y, more casual feel and lightens up the darker furniture. 

Plus, the original color of the dark furniture blended into the color of the hardwoods, giving it zero contrast -yikes!!

When we first moved into this house (14 years ago), we had carpet in here so the dark furniture looked great.  Yep, that’s right – we’ve had that furniture for 14 years now. 

So, needless to say the darker dresser was waaaaay overdo for a LITTLE update anyway- lol!!

*** DRESSER TUTORIAL is READY – Click Here White-Washed Dresser. ***

Do you think I maybe should have been using a drop cloth all of these years when painting furniture – hahaha!!!   But I have an idea for painting the floor in the garage soon – wink wink!!

In the picture below, this is the other side of our bedroom.  And I will admit, this is the stage it is in right now….. I have not finished decorating it yet.

The master bedroom is always the last one to get done – am I right??  It comes right after volleyball lessons, teenage girls’ beauty items (don’t even get me started with that – lol!!), and well…. life. 

Just keeping it real ladies!!

Above:  I did paint that floor length mirror blue (~ 8 years ago), but do not have pictures of the process – sorry!!  It’s a water-color painting technique – that I love. 

I will try to figure out a way to show you the technique because it really turned out so beautiful.

More pictures of the bed and bedding…..

All of my comforter selections tend to lean botanical, floral, or boho style.  This way, I can stay within my coastal style (botanical or boho) and farmhouse style (floral) no matter which one I choose.

This blue botanical  bedding is Ralph Lauren, and has reversible stripes on the back side (which I love).  This allows me to change things around when I get a little tired of it without having to buy something new.  Win-Win!!

And of course – I’m a color gal – so it’s gotta have some punch to it!!  Scroll to the end of the post to shop bedding – I could not find this exact bedding, but found some similar choices that are equal in style.

Love all things blue – click 14 Ways to Decorate wit Blue:  For Every Room & Budget.


Closeup picture of the nightstand and farmhouse lamp.  It is no longer around either, but scroll down to the end of the post for similar options.


The little white basket on the floor was painted also….but again I do not have pictures. What??  Another one with no pictures.  I know. I know.  UGH!!   

It is on my to-do list for the blog though.  It was so easy to paint, and gave it new life.  What do you think – is it a winner?


This bench is definitely a life-saver.  It hides the tv cable “junk” (my husband wants to mount the tv on that wall above the bench – ?? – maybe ?? – we’ll see), and those 2 baskets store my girls’ swimsuits and favorite beach towels.

They like to just come in and quickly grab what they need to head to the pool.  But I am thinking it’s about time they could store their own stuff!! 

It’s the little things – right??


Here is another picture of the blue mirror and white basket.  For now the mirror is leaning against the wall because we don’t know if the tv wall mount is a sure thing yet – hahaha!!

The floor length mirror is a must for our bedroom though, so that we have somewhere to check ourselves out!!  Plus, I really love that it bounces so much light around the room.

See Picture Below.

This picture shows the left side of the room, leading to our master bath. 

If you want to see the complete transformation of the master bathroom makeover click Master Bath Remodel:  Hardware Accessories or Shower Remodel Design Guide:  10 Things You Must Know.

It is by far one of the biggest changes made to our entire house – besides the kitchen.  Everyone who has seen it in person has given us a ton of compliments – so I’m kind of proud!! 

Check it out if you have time.


See pictures below.

And my must-have barn door…..that almost didn’t happen!!  That’s another whole story – but at least we got it!!  If you want to see more barn door inspiration click 55 Incredible Ideas:  Not Just For Farmhouse Style.

Our other entry door to the bath was a double door system, and blocked off the left side of the wall where the dresser sits.  We always had to push the dresser down so that it barely even fit on the wall. 

Then if you wanted to get something out of the drawer, it bumped into our other furniture.


We had the barn door installed to slide right because it was a space we never used (in that corner).

***TIP*** Just a little head up…..remember that it’s more difficult (not impossible though) to hang something on the wall where the door slides.  So, just make sure you hang your barn door to slide to an unused area of your room, or unused/less functional wall area.

And my favorite t-bar barn door handles….I kinda have a thang for these.  They are my go-to hardware all over the house.  But I especially liked this one because it is a heavier, sturdier handle.


Plus, I knew we needed an inside way to get out of the bath -ha!!  See below.

Inside the master bath – handle……


Better view where you can see the limited amount of wall space on the left side of the doorway.  It might also be that our dresser is bigger than it should be for the space…..but who wants to admit that?



This celadon glazed pitcher has been with us for AWHILE….to say the least.  I bought it at Home Goods ~8 years ago (or longer) and it just gets moved from room to room as I need it.

There is just something about the soft color, and that rusted handle that calms my nerves and reminds me of home.  And who doesn’t want their master bedroom to be a calming and serene retreat?


This “love pillow” is another favorite of mine that gets moved from room to room.  I also have a “home pillow” that is slightly more blue-gray than this blue-aqua color.

The shabby, ruffled edges and  roped letters add the perfect amount of texture to complete the coastal farmhouse style.


And who doesn’t love throw blankets??  Can a girl ever really have too many blankets or throw pillows?  No….I don’t think so!!

In here, I like that one throw is more sophisticated in color (bed- spa blue) and the other one is more fun (basket -mint colored).  These 2 colors together add a little dimension against the navy and cobalt blue bedding and pillows.

Which throw do you like more?  The one on the bed, or the one in the basket?  Let me know?



Thanks for stopping by our

Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom!!

Hope you found a ton of inspiration to get your coastal farmhouse master bedroom makeover underway.  I’d love to see some pictures of what you do!!

*** Looking  to shop items from our bedroom?  Scroll down below.  If you have any questions, shoot me a comment. ***

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

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BED – Arched, Panel, 4 Poster                                                                                       Shutter 1, Shutter 2

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Nightstand, Option 2                                                                                                       Dresser, Option 2

Trenton 3 Drawer Nightstand

McGregor 9 Drawer Dresser









RugOption 2                                                                                                  Bedding, Option 2 , Option 3

Elise 100% Cotton Comforter Set by Laura Ashley Ho










Lamp, Option 2                                                                                                                 Option 3, Option 4

Courtland 22" Table Lamp








White coverlet                                                                                               Euro sham, Option 2, Option 3

Comfy Bedding 3-Piece Bedspread Coverlet Set Oversized and Prewashed Lantern Ogee Quilted, King/Cal King WhiteHarbor House Ocean Stripe European Pillow Sham in Blue










Aqua Pillow                                                                                                                       Gold Dot Pillow

Safavieh Chy 18-inch Aqua Blue Decorative Throw Pillow (Set of 2)


Nadia Dot Metallic Gold Embroidery Oblong Pillow









Bench, Option 2                                                                                                              Floor Length Mirror

Letellier Upholstered Bench










Barn Door, Hardware, Handles                                                                                           Aqua Pitcher 

Shaker Hollow Panelled MDF Interior Barn Door

Orono Large Pitcher Sculpture









Teal Throw, Option 2                                                                                                  Aqua Throw, Option 2

Parma Teal Throw

Guillaume Oversized Double Sided Faux Fur Throw Blanket









Pillow – Love , Home, Family                                                                           White Distressed Tray Set

Lismond Love Script Rope Decorative Pillow by Thro by Marlo Lorenz


Hargrave 2 Piece Serving Tray Set















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Master Bed Frame Makeover – Painted White

So, we have finally moved back into our bedroom downstairs…..and I am so excited about how the entire bedroom turned out.ย  Theย  2 things that “make” the bedroom and create some drama are the navy accent wall, and the white bed frame.ย  And since I painted the bed, I thought it would be awesome to show you the technique if you want to change your bed also.ย  ย  Here is my master bed frame makeover – painted white using the dry-brushed technique tutorial.ย ย If you want a glazed or antiqued tutorial (like my nightstands)…..clickย  HERE. Want to see my master bath makeover, click Master Bathroom Remodel:ย  Hardware Bling.

***NOTE***This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from my website, at no extra cost to you.ย  Thanks for your support ๐Ÿ™‚


Where did it all begin?







  • primer – I used zinsser

  • white paint – I used Behr Swiss Coffee – Home Depot

  • clear wax – I used trewax

  • paint brush – I prefer 2″ angled (angled gets into the grooves better)

  • 150-gritย sandpaper or sponge -to distress bed

  • large boxes (heavy or weighted) or piece of furniture – to hold headboard/footboard upright while painting

  • wooden blocks- to hold up (rest) feet of bed on

  • rags/old shirts – to wipe off wax

  • canvas dropclothย or plastic – to protect floor


***For Dry-Brushed Method***



To Prime:

Put your primer on in long brush strokes, making sure not to cover your bed in a solid paint color.ย  See below.



Full view……


Do the same technique for footboard and side rails if you have them.








Put your first coat of white paint over primer in long brush strokes again, but this time covering more of the wood.



BELOW:ย  left side painted….right sight primed


You should be able to notice that the paint covers better than the primer, and it should feel thicker as you brush it on.ย  Just make sure NOT to cover the wood completely.ย  You should still be able to see brush strokes.











BELOW:ย  Headboard 3 coats, Footboard 2 coats.ย  Can you tell how the headboard has more coverage on it than the footboard?

***TIP***ย  This is the stage/step where I go back and add in some paint to cover certain areas that do no look as even.ย  This is just personal preference for me.ย ย 



Now you can put on your wax, let dry, and rag/buff off.ย  Put on more coats of wax if you want a shinier finish- just fyi.


Use your 150-grit sandpaper or sponge and gently sand over random areas where you want some original wood to show.ย  I like my sanded areas to be over the ornate “leaves” sections to accent the details, and then over the corners where the bed would naturally get “bumped”.ย  I also added some sanded areas in the middle sections of the headboard and footboard to move the eye around.









***OPTIONAL STEP***ย  WAX OVER SANDED AREAS.ย  I like to do this just to bring out the wood tone (the wax makes the wood tone darker for more contrast) against the white paint.ย  But of course, this is your bed, so it is your decison!!















Hope you love how your bed turns out….as much as I love mine!!ย  Let me know how your progress is going- or if you have any questions?ย  I would love to see some pictures of your bed too!!

I really feel like I got new furniture…without the high pricetag!!ย  Plus the white really lifts the room so much more than the stained brown color, and it gives me the contrast I need against the navy wall.ย  Don’t cha think ??





Need more painting inspiration, check out:

DIY Nightstands Makeover,ย How To Stain Banisters Dark, Distressed Hand Painted White Round Mirror

Want more decorating inspiration, try:

10 Ways to Add Buffalo check, 29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas For Your Powder Bath, 41 Shiplap Ideas:ย  NOT Just For Walls (part 2)


before and after master bed frame makeover. brown bed painted white using dry-brushed method






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29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas to Try for Your Powder Bathroom (Part 1)

Have you noticed a growing trend towards wallpaper again?  Yep- IT. IS. OFFICIAL.  From geometric to floral patterns, bold to subtle colors, and accent walls to full rooms, wallpaper is on the move upwards in the decor chain.  And I have to say, I ain’t hating it!!  It brings in a custom look, and a real sense of personality to your home.  So, who is ready??  29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas to Try for Your Powder Bathroom (Part 1).

***UPDATE*** 44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas (Part 2) is now ready!  If you’re looking to shop your favorite wallpaper choices, check out this post.


What are YOU looking for as you scroll through the pictures?   You will be drawn to:

  1.  Bold colors or subtle colors.
  2.  Large patterns/prints or small patterns/prints.
  3.  One accent wall, half wall with wainscoting, or the entire room with wallpaper.
  4.  Sophisticated style or playful style.

You may like both choices in each, but one of them will always catch your eye more than the other ones.  For example, you might choose:  subtle, small print, entire room, and sophisticated style.  Now you have an idea of which wallpaper style is YOUR style.  Scroll back through the pictures again…..ONE picture will stick out as your favorite!  You have found your style– take the plunge!!

Still afraid to commit – don’t worry!  The powder bath is the perfect room to try wallpaper because it isn’t connected to any other room in your house.  Go crazy if you want.  Try one accent wall or adhesive wallpaper – (the removal is easy if you decide you don’t like it).  So, now that you are out of excuses (I am also talking to myself too ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) …….  Here are my picks for 29 Fabulous Wallpaper Ideas To Try For Your Powder Bathroom (Part 1).





Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room as an accent wall as a fresh update
source: private


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.
source: private


Wan to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.
source: private


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.
source: (caitlin wilson)

Like buffalo check, try 10 Ways to Add Buffalo Check (without breaking the bank) or follow me on pinterest:  buffalo check love.

Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.

Looking to shop your favorite wallpaper:  try 44 Adorable Wallpaper Ideas (Part 2).  

Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.


Want to give a custom look to your powder bath? Add wallpaper to the entire room or as an accent wall for a fresh update.






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The next 2 are actual bathrooms….but they were just too cute that I had to include them.





So……which one if your favorite?  And which ones would you actually do in your own home?  Let me know if you choose one- I’d love to see how it turns out!!


Have an Awesome Week!!  Love & Hugs- Jael ๐Ÿ™‚

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12 Best Navy and White Area Rugs: Under $200

I am definitely still crushin’ on all things navy blue and white, and if you’re reading this post – you probably are too!  I love it so much that I’ve decided to add a second navy and white rug to our house – now one for our living room.  And since I have been searching and shopping like a mad woman, I thought it would be fun to share all of my great “finds” with you.   So, here are the 12 Best Navy and White Area Rugs:  Under $200.

*** Just a FYI – even though I’ve called these rugs navy blue and white, they also are:  blue and gray, blue and ivory, cream and navy, cobalt and white, slate gray, dark blue and tan, etc…  Just wanted to clarify.  To see closeups of the rugs (for true colors), simply click the links or pictures. ***

***NOTE***  This post contains affiliate marketing which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please read my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support. ๐Ÿ™‚


Since I already have a blue and white rug in our dining room, I knew that it’s a classic color scheme that I could use for a long time period.   Sidebar:  I’ve had this rug (pictured below) for about 7-8 years!!

This rug gets rotated between the living room and dining room quite often, and it basically acts as a neutral grounding for all of my pops of color and decorations. 

The problem is …..  I really love this rug in this room!!   

So, I just felt like it was time for the living room to have it’s own identity.  LOL!!  Plus, who doesn’t want a beautiful blue and white (or navy and white) area rug to set the tone and style of your living room? 

Here is the 8′ x 10′ navy and ivory wool rug in our summer dining room.  

And here is a picture of the rug in our fall dining room 2018.  Click setting a fall table or fall home tour to see more fall posts from last year. 

The rug works great with all of my accent colors (for all seasons), and adds a little interest to our neutral gray and white furniture.  

So, here are some before and after pictures of our living room – just so you cam see what I’m working with.


Here is our spring/summer living room with the aqua rug.  I still really like this rug also, I just needed to have a more neutral background for the upcoming seasons.

If you want to see more pictures, click opening up kitchen wall to living room.  


I love it!!  And can’t wait to start playing around with other accent colors – especially for fall and Christmas time.  Of course our dog, Boomer has to be involved in all of the shots ๐Ÿ˜‰

If you want to see more pictures of our new rug, scroll to the very end of the post.

Our rug came from Home Goods, but I can’t find it online anywhere – sorry!!  It is a Home Dynamix Toronto Collection Ivory/Blue.  The rugs listed below are the ones that I was looking into before I found my little gem!

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OK – let’s get to the real reason you’re here!!  Navy Blue Rug Shopping!!



Here are a couple of helpful tips for possible furniture placement ideas, and rug measurements information.  Remember that these are just useful guidelines….it’s your house, so choose what you love best!!

Living Room:



Dining Room:







Here are the styles, budget and rug sizes information that went into my rug shopping,

Why did I choose these styles?  These were the rug styles that I was looking into, for our living room.  Of course they can fit into dining rooms, bedrooms, or even kitchen breakfast areas also.  


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Why did I choose (under) $200 for my limit on the rugs?  Well basically, $200 was my own personal budget was for our living room rug.  And since that’s the max amount I was looking to spend when searching online and in stores, that’s how the rugs listed came to be.


The rugs I chose are either 8 feet x 10 feet, or 6 feet x 9 feet, since I was looking for a rug to fit our living room furniture.  Most of the rugs are available multiple sizes also, just in case you need a different size for your room.  

They also are available in runners as well if you’re looking for hallways or in the kitchen.



NO. 1  SAFAVIEH MADISON (8’x10′) – $119.75 

***NOTE***Even though it looks like rug NO. 1 and rug NO. 2 are the same color of blue…… the Madison rug is more navy, and the Hillsby rug is more royal blue.  


NO. 2  HILLSBY RUG (8’x10′) – $142.99

Hillsby Navy Area Rug


NO. 3  SAFAVIEH EVOKE RUG (8’X10′) – $164.51 (other colors available)


NO. 4  OROURKE RUG (8’x10′) – $184.99

Orourke Ivory/Navy Blue Area Rug



NO. 5  SAFAVIEH MADISON BOHO CHIC (8’x10′) – $134.07


NO. 6  RANCH NAVY/CYAN RUG (8’x10′) – $139.99

Ranck Distressed Vintage Navy/Cyan Area Rug


NO.7  SAFAVIEH HUDSON OGEE RUG (6’x9′) – $135.89 (more colors & sizes available)


NO. 8  SAFAVIEH HUDSON DIAMOND RUG (6’X9′) – $140.99 (more colors & sizes available)


NO. 9  SAFAVIEH MADISON OGEE RUG (8’X10′) – $182.99 (more colors available)



NO. 10  MERCURY ROW RUG (8’X10′) – $187.99

Utterback Blue/Gray Area Rug


NO.11  ABBEVILLE RUG – $147.99

Abbeville Power Loom Dark Blue Area Rug


NO.12  HOSKING BLUE RUG (6’x9′) – $169.99

Geralyn Dark Blue Area Rug


So, which one is your favorite?  Do you like a blue/navy background with white specks, or a white/ivory background with blue specks?  So amazing how that totally changes the way the room looks – right?

I hope you found one that you like, and a little inspiration for your blue and white room decor.  If you have any questions – let me know.  I’d love to help!



Here are some more pictures with my new rug.  Let me know what you think!!

Here is a closeup picture – love the different shades of blue!!



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Adding a Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room

With all of the renovations that we have done to our house, the shiplap accent wall in the living room is definitely one of my top 3 favorites!!   Besides our master bath remodel, kitchen remodel, and opening up our kitchen walls, the design of this shiplap feature wall has significantly transformed the room.  And today, I am excited to finally be sharing our shiplap living room accent wall with you!  Adding A Shiplap Feature Wall to Living Room.

***This post is a little long – sorry!!  But it covers the shiplap accent wall, painted white brick fireplace, and the shiplap bookshelf built-in.  So grab a drink and a snack….. and let’s get to it!!***

If you want to learn more about what shiplap is, or want more shiplap inspiration pictures and ideas,  try The Shiplap Guide:  Shiplap, Tongue & Groove, and Plank Walls and 41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls.

***NOTE*** This post contains affiliate links which means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks for your support ๐Ÿ™‚

***Have a question for me?  Shoot me a comment.  I tried to cover everything we did in the room, but I might have forgotten something – LOL!!  I’d love to help out any way I can!


So, here is what the room used to look like.  This picture was taken a couple of weeks before we flooded during Hurricane Harvey for our home fall tour 2017 post (this was my 2nd post ever– so it’s – well – looks like a new blogger did it – LOL)!!  Hopefully, I’ve gotten a little better!  



AFTER:   Complete transformation of the room – right?  To see more of this spring and summer living room post click Spring Home Tour 2019.


THE STARTING PLACE:  Why did we decide to add the entire feature wall in shiplap?

When we flooded from the hurricane, we had to demo the sheetrock up to 4 ft. high on the entire 1st floor of our house.   So, we knew there were going to be some changes to that fireplace wall and niche anyway.  

Here are some pictures of what it looked like, to give you an idea of what we were working with.


In the picture below, you can tell that our living wall is in line with the foyer wall – one continuous flat wall.  But….not for long.

And then we were told by the mold inspector that everything below 4 ft high should be removed also for safety reasons. 

So this meant all kitchen, laundry, & bathrooms cabinets AND the fireplace mantel would need to be removed.   

UGH!! -( but we kind of knew this was going to happen).

Since we were already planning to replace the armoire niche with a shiplap bookshelf built-in, (see inspiration pic #1 below), we knew we needed a new design plan for the entire wall. 

INSPIRATION PICTURES:  What did we want the shiplap feature wall design to look like?

Inspiration picture #1:  This was my favorite picture for the shiplap built-in bookshelf – love it Forever Cottage!


And since we could not add another matching bookshelf to the left side of our fireplace (our laundry room is behind that wall), our *contractor* (*see NOTE below pictures*) suggested adding the shiplap to the entire wall – yes please!! – and so the decision was made right then and there.    

So, I went back to my pinterest boards, and picked out a couple more shiplap fireplace wall inspiration pics.  And I fell in LOVE!!

Inspiration pictures below:  Don’t you just love both of these designs by Studio-McGee and Max Crosby Construction, respectively?   They are both so dreamy – right?

Inspiration picture #2:  Incredible!!  Studio-McGee does amazing work.


Inspiration picture #3:  I love everything about this feature wall design by Max Crosby Construction!!  

source: (max crosby construtction)

Now, that I had our feature wall ideas ready, we could begin planning out the actual layout of the fireplace and bookshelf.

I knew that I would take the white brick fireplace and mantel from Studio-McGee’s picture and the fireplace brick surround design from Max Crosby’s picture, and merge them together.  Voila- it’s go time!!


*** NOTE ***  That same contractor (who abandoned our job) tried to act like I added this shiplap wall to our contract without him knowing anything about it…..when he was the one who suggested it. 

So, Please be careful when hiring out – and get everything – in writing!   Whether you’re adding OR removing items on your contract, get WRITTEN and SIGNED (by both parties) change order slips. 

OK – Let’s Get To The Good Stuff!!


I am going to break this post into 4 Categories & give you a project list to make scrolling easier.  Some of the projects were going on at the same time, so I’ll be showing the overall progress with some overlapping pictures.


  1.  Shiplap Bookshelf  Built-In Remodel
  2.  Fireplace Remodel 
  3.  Shiplap Accent Wall Design
  4.  Brick Fireplace Surround 


  1.   Square off Rounded Niche
  2.   Add Lower Cabinet for Built-In
  3.   Bump out Fireplace Wall
  4.   Add New Mantel, Fireplace Gas Door
  5.   Add Shiplap to Bookshelf, Fireplace and Wall
  6.   Add Brick Surround
  7.   Add Trim and Corner Pieces
  8.   Add Built-in Upper Shelves, Lower Cabinet Shelf
  9.   Prime & Paint
  10.   Add Hardware to Bookshelf 
  11.   Add New Ceiling Fan


The first thing the workers started on was squaring off the existing arches of the niche, and then building the lower cabinet of the bookshelf. 

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here it is in stages….

#1 Before


#2 Squared off Corners


#3 Adding Shiplap


#4 Adding Trim and Corner Pieces


#5 Adding Doors – Now ready for puttying holes, priming and painting.

Picture below.  And with the lower shelf under the cabinet – for electronics, basket for organizing movies, and space for extra throw blankets & toss pillows.

***NOTE*** I had the carpenter build a shelf like this in my kitchen cabinets also.  They are a must-have in large, tall cabinets so you don’t waste any space.  Plus, the shelves make it so much easier to stack smaller household items on top, and to tuck larger items underneath.



I was so excited to remodel our fireplace, but had NO idea how many parts really made up the entire fireplace unit.   Basically, you are designing the whole thing, piece by piece!!

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

So, to make this a little easier for you to visualize, I added this picture below with fireplace terminology.

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Remember that “starting out” picture with the LONG, flat wall from the foyer to the living room?  Well, it was time to address that problem, and find a  solution for it.

So, the first thing I wanted to change, was to bump out the overmantel 6″ from the wall.  Since that existing flat wall has bothered me for like 14 years – LOL , I couldn’t wait to add some detail to it!!

The bump out creates architectural interest to a flat, builder-grade wall, and gives the room a much needed natural focal point.   Now, the fireplace is a defined element instead of a combined element of the wall.

***NOTE*** Dimensions are included at the VERY END of the post….if you want more info on them.

Here is the front view….

I’m going to combine the shiplap feature wall and fireplace wall, since my pictures were overlapping each other.


The shiplap accent wall went up a lot of faster than anticipated, once they did their test run on how to install it.  Since this was the first time the workers had installed shiplap, I had to do a little digging to know what to tell them – that’s how the Shiplap guide:  shiplap, tongue & groove, and plank walls post came to be!!

Now, that I knew using actual shiplap boards (not the other 2 methods) was the look I was going for, the project could begin.

And even though our contractor and subs told us they “could not find any shiplap boards anywhere because of the hurricane wood shortage”…… (again – whole other story-ugh!!) I found some anyway – haha!!  Thank you Home Depot – love the shiplap.

Sometimes, you just have to take matters in your own hands – am I right?  Where there is a will ladies – there IS A WAY!!

Pictured below is a closeup of the shiplap boards, and the “gap” between them.  The workers used a scrap piece of plywood (for the spacing between boards) each time, and the measurement is just a little less than 1/4″ gap.

We tried a couple of different gap sizes to see which one I liked the most, and the bigger gap appealed to me more.  It is really personal preference – but I wanted to see the lines for added texture.

***NOTE***  Make sure the line from your bookshelf (right side) is even with your fireplace overmantel (middle) and with your shiplap feature wall (left side).  You can tell that they are using that bottom piece on the mantel shelf to keep everything in line.



Once the shiplap is started, the line is just followed all of the way down the wall.  Even if they had to cut smaller pieces around the fireplace overmantel bump out, they would continue matching up the lines.

And pictured below…. that overmantel is only 6″ deep, but it now defines the actual fireplace – right?  As a result of the bump out, the eye has a natural “stopping point” which creates a natural focal point!!


My idea for the fireplace design was to use the inspiration pictures (above)….and combine them a little bit.  I wanted to have a “simple and clean lines” look like the Studio-McGee picture, and then use the brick fireplace surround design like the Max Crosby picture – only painted white.  

Since we knew the bricks were going to be painted, the contractor just used plain bricks.

If your are looking for more brick fireplace inspiration, try 30 Stunning White Brick Fireplace Ideas and 35 Natural Gorgeous Natural Brick Fireplace Ideas.   

Can you tell I am a visual person…… or noticed my “inspiration pics” taped on the wall throughout the living room – haha!!  There’s one in the bookshelf portion also!

You can tell from the picture above and below, that we were trying out different brick designs to see which direction we wanted the bricks to go (vertical vs. horizontal).

And I have to admit that I never knew sooooo much detail would go into the brick fireplace surround…..and the different brick placement DID create different looks – what??!!  Cra-zee!!


We were planning to add trim (plinth), kind of like feet to the legs of the fireplace also, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. 

We were so rushed at this point because of the contractor problem, that we basically just gave up ๐Ÿ™  The plinth (feet) would have had a little detail trim of some sort, but oh well – life’s moving on!! 


One thing that I did pick out, and still love is this clean, simple trim piece (white piece below).  We also used it on the wrapped beams when we opened the kitchen walls, and it just adds a crisp clean line.




We used Sherwin Williams Snowbound (SW 7004), oil-based paint for everything (shiplap feature wall, brick fireplace, & shiplap boookshelf).  The painters primed it all first, and then sprayed it twice with the snowbound.

But….. the paint job was not good the first time around……so the contractor brought in a second painter to RE-PAINT everything again!! Nightmare!!  

So it does have about 3-4 coats of paint on it.  

***NOTE***  The puttying or covering of all the nails holes and trim pieces was very time consuming – just a FYI. 

Can you tell this was not the most pleasant process?? haha!!










Of course, I couldn’t resist adding my “love & hugs” accent pieces in here – front and center – LOL!!  It’s like a ray of sunshine for me ๐Ÿ™‚ 


It’s the little things….  I love the way that they installed the shiplap lining the ceiling and all of the side walls.  Since the niche was deep (from the armoire), the bookshelf shelves wouldn’t have looked right.

So, they made the lower cabinet large (to fill the space), and then filledin the “extra space” with the shiplap.  It’s my favorite part of the entire bookshelf!

Who knew such a small detail would add the biggest impact?


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Well, what do you think?  Do you think it transforms the room?  Let me know – I’d love to hear some feedback!

Will you try to add a shiplap or other feature wall design to your home, and if so where would you install it?

Have a Great Week!!  Love & Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚

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41 Shiplap Ideas:  Not Just for Walls

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  1.   Shiplap – Home Depot – (9/16 in. x 5 1/4 in. x 8 ft)
  2.   Corner Trim – Fireplace 
  3.   Trim – bookshelf & wall –  1″ x 3″ x 8 ft., 1″ x 2″ x 8 ft.
  4.   Hardware pulls
  5.   Ceiling Fan
  6.   Paint – Sherwin Williams -OIL BASED – Snowbound SW 7004
  7.   Fireplace Dimensions (see below)
  8.   Bookshelf Dimensions (see below)
  9.   Living Room Accent Wall Dimensions (see below)


#1 – Shiplap – 6 pieces/box                                                                        #2 –  Corner Fireplace Molding

ARAUCO 9/16 in. x 5-1/4 in. x 8 ft. Primed Pine Nickel Gap Ship Lap Board (6-Pieces Per Box)Hampton Bay 1 in. x 91.5 in. Outside Corner Molding in Warm White







#3 – Trim – (1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft), (1 in. x 2 in. x 8 ft)                                      #4 – Bookshelf Cabinet Pulls                                                                

1 in. x 3 in. x 8 ft. Furring Strip Board

Liberty 3-3/4 in. (96 mm) Center-to-Center Stainless Steel Bar Drawer Pull (4-Pack)







#5 – Ceiling Fan

Home Decorators Collection Hanlon 52 in. Integrated LED Indoor/Outdoor Stainless Steel Ceiling Fan with Light Kit and Wall Control


























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28 Best Barn Doors: Get The Look

You have seen all of the 55 incredible sliding barn door ideas, researched the top-rated barn door design styles, and now are ready to shop online.  But, there are so many choices out there!  That is why I have hunted down the highest quality doors with the best reviews, at the most affordable prices to make your decision easier.  Welcome to 28 Best Barn Doors:  Get The Look.

BONUS:  Best barn door hardware – mine – at the very end of post.

***UPDATED January 2020***

***NOTE***  This post contains affiliate links.  This means that I will receive a small compensation if you purchase something from these links.  Please see my privacy and disclosure policies below.  Thanks so much for your support ๐Ÿ™‚


I wanted to start off this post with a couple of pictures from the sliding barn doors that we have in our home.   

We have 2 styles:  a triple x-shaped double sliding barn door set in our office/piano room (entry) and a shaker style single sliding barn door in our master bedroom opening to our master bath.   



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They have completely changed the function and look of both of these rooms. 

I absolutely love them & highly recommend them!

Let’s Get to the Styles!!



  1.  X-Shaped

  2.  Z-Bar/Z-Bar 2

  3.  Paneled

  4.  Half-Paneled

  5.  Herringbone/Chevron/Arrow

  6.  Geometric Patterns

  7.  With Chalkboard

  8.  With Mirrors

  9.  With Glass

  10.  Plank/Shutter/Shiplap

  11.  On Furniture/TV Covers/Window Treatments

If you need any help or have any questions, shoot me a comment.  I’ll try to assist you any way I can. 

If you’re ready for shopping options, see below.  Click on the link or picture to learn more.


#1 – Triple X-Shaped            

This stunning triple x-shaped primed white sliding door by Barndoorz is the perfect combination of farmhouse style – meets modern living. 

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  12 sizes available
  • HARDWARE:  not included                                                                     

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#2 – Modern Triple X-Shaped 

This gorgeous sliding door by Urban Woodcraft has a double x-pattern that brings in a British flair to an American classic style.

  • COLOR:  white or espresso
  • SIZE:  40″W x 83″H
  • HARDWARE:  included 

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#3 – Z-Bar

This classic style z-bar (z-rail) sliding door by Kimberly Bay adds quiet sophistication, yet a ton of character.

  • COLOR:  primed white 
  • SIZE:  36″W x 83.5″H
  • HARDWARE:  not included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2, option 3

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#4 – Z-Bar 2

This unfinished z-bar 2 barn door by Kimberly Bay is also a great option to consider for creating a custom look.  It’s perfect for staining or painting.

  • COLOR:  unfinished pine
  • SIZE:  30″W x 83.5″H and 36″W x 83.5″H
  • HARDWARE:   included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2

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#5 – Double Z-Bar    

This double z-bar primed white sliding barn door by MM1 is perfect for larger openings:  like closets offices, dining rooms, or living room spaces.

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  72″W x 84″H 
  • HARDWARE:   included

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#6 – Double Z-Bar 2

Here is another sliding door by MM1 ready to be painted or stained to customize your look.  Also perfect for larger openings (like mentioned above).

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  72″W x 84″H 
  • HARDWARE:   included

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#7 – Shaker Style Triple Paneled   

This shaker style triple paneled sliding door by Barndoorz is perfect for those of you who love the modern and clean lines look. 

Of course this is the style I chose for our master bathroom/bedroom – so it is one of my favorites.

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  12 sizes available
  • HARDWARE:   not included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2

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#8 – Double Paneled

This sliding barn door by LTL Barn Doors is a great budget-friendly option.  It is made from PVC/vinyl and is available in three colors.

*Assembly is required for this door.

  • COLOR:  white, black, and cherry
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H and 42″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:    included 
  • ASSEMBLY:  required on this one

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#9 – Craftsman  

This craftsman paneled Barndoorz is perfect for those of you love farmhouse style.  This door is also primed white and available in 12 sizes.

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  12 sizes available
  • HARDWARE:   not included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2 (4 colors)


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#10 –  5-Panel 

This 5-panel sliding barn door from Verona Home will work well in both modern and traditional style homes.  Choose from either 5-panel (primed) or 6-panel(unfinished) options.

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  32:W x 80″H and 36″W x 80″H
  • HARDWARE:   included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2 6-panel

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#11 – Herringbone 

This herringbone sliding barn door works well for those of you who love a more modern look.  This stylish and chic design adds a playful twist to a classic style. 

  • COLOR:  white, ash, walnut, dark chocolate, black
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:   included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2, option 3, option 4 

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#12 – Geometric 

This stunning sliding barn door made by Hollywood is perfect for those of who love a little drama.  The design really makes these doors a focal point.  Just choose the color you want!

  • COLOR:  13 colors + (primed & unfinished)
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:   included 

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#13 – With Chalkboard     

This primed white chalkboard door is perfect to use for your pantry, laundry room, kids’ rooms, playrooms, or even a place of business.  It is fun and functional – love it!

  • COLOR:  primed white
  • SIZE:  12 sizes
  • HARDWARE:  not included 

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#14 –  With Mirror 

The barn door with mirror design is by far the most popular style out there right now!  These doors work well for master bathrooms, master bedrooms, and closets.

This door comes with over 175+ colors to choose from, and has options for a mirror on both sides of the door (if chosen).

  • COLOR:  175+ colors available
  • SIZE:  9 sizes available
  • HARDWARE:  included 
  • OPTION:  option 2

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#15 – 5-Panel With Frosted Glass   

Sliding barn doors with frosted glass are also another extremely popular door option.  These 5-panels doors with frosted glass are a good mix of modern and traditional styles.

  • COLOR:  ironage gray and white
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:  included 
  • OPTIONS:  option 2, French doors 

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 #16 – 3-Panel With Frosted Glass 

If you love the 5-panel door, but are looking for a more modern look – this is a great choice.  The panels are wider which also let in a little more light (if that’s what you need).

  • COLOR:  ironage gray, espresso, and white
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:  included 

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#17 – One Panel With Frosted Glass                             

This is a perfect choice for a master bathroom where you need a lot of light and a ton of privacy.  It could also work in a dark laundry room or pantry, where you need to let in some extra light.

  • COLOR:  ironage gray 
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:  included 
  • OPTIONS:  z bar 2 glass

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#18 – Metal with Clear Glass 

These sleek & industrial sliding barn doors will definitely make a statement to any home decor style.  Perfect for kitchens, offices, living rooms, piano rooms, and dining rooms.     

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#19 – White Horizontal Plank 

The horizontal plank louvered barn door by Artisan Hardware is a perfect fit for coastal homes, with a touch of modern farmhouse style as well.  This one is a bit more expensive, but adds a very upscale custom look.

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#20 – Unfinished Horizontal Wide Plank 

This unfinished pine wide plank sliding barn door adds a modern vibe to traditional style.  It is perfect for painting or staining to give it a custom look.

  • COLOR:  unfinished pine
  • SIZE:  36″W x 84″H, 42″W x 84″H
  • HARDWARE:  included 

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#21 –   Weathered & Reclaimed Wood Look 

If you are looking for a more rustic or weathered style, this barn door by Colonial Elegance is a great choice.  The steel frame that forms the outer edge gives it an industrial feel as well.  

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#22 – Unfinished Barn Door 

For those of you who like to paint or stain your own doors, then these unfinished barn doors by Colonial Elegance are the best choice for you. 

From single, double, or triple panel planks, to even panels with glass – there is a door waiting for you to customize.

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#23 – Barn Door TV Console     

This modern farmhouse style tv cabinet by Three Posts is extremely popular, and has great reviews.  It fits TV’s up to 60″W, and is available in 4 different colors.

Use as a media console in living rooms, bedrooms, playrooms, & media rooms, or use as a dining room buffet cabinet or entryway room console. 

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#24 – TV Barn Door     

This beautiful TV sliding barn door by Pacific Entries is a genius way to hide your mounted flat screen television (over a console or over the fireplace).

The less inexpensive version comes with oil-rubbed bronze finish hardware, but stainless hardware is also available.

  • COLOR:  2 pre-finished white doors   
  • SIZE:  each door (24″W x 36″H x 1.25″D) or (32″W x 42″H x 1.25″D)
  • TRACK SIZE:  96″L
  • HARDWARE:  included

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#25 – Barn Door Bookcase Wall Unit 

If you are looking for a larger entertainment center, wall unit, or wide bookcase with sliding barn doors, this one by World Market is a great choice.

Use as a:  pantry, dining room hutch, entertainment center, mudroom, guest room closet, or as storage for:  the office, playroom or laundry room.

Close the doors to hide the tv and clutter when guests come over, and keep the doors open for everyday use.

  • COLOR:  burnt alder finish  
  • SIZE:  96″W x 16″D x 80″H, 263.5 lbs.  
  • HARDWARE:  included
  • OPTIONS:  option 2 


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#26 – Barn door Window Shutters

If you are looking for barn door window treatments (curtains), try Laura at Wooden Nail.  She does extremely beautiful work, and can customize your style.

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This is the hardware that I used for both of my barn doors (single – 6.6 ft. and double -10 ft. doors), and I  love them.   The guys who installed the double office doors had to cut down the rails (for custom sizing), but they work great. 

  • TIP – make sure to read carefully for sliding door hardware for single or double doors and door sizes (EX:  one 48″w SINGLE door VERSUS two DOUBLE 24″w doors = 48″W). 

It gets very confusing, so just triple check yourself!!


#27 –  Sliding Barn Door Hardware Kit 6.6 ft, 10 ft

These brushed nickel J-Shape barn door kits by SMARTSTANDARD were the ones that we used for our sliding barn doors in our home.

We used the 6.6 ft size for the single barn door in the master bedroom.

We used the 10 ft size for the double barn doors in the entry.

  • COLOR:  brushed nickel or red copper  
  • SIZE:  Single Door/Rail – 5 ft, 6 ft, 6.6 ft, 8 ft, 10 ft
  • SIZE:  Double Door/Rail – 8 ft. 10 ft, 12 ft, 16 ft.
  • OPTIONS: same but I-Shape (top of the hanger style)

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The handles are very nice and heavy, and look stunning.  I used brushed nickel/stainless for mine, but the black are beautiful also.





#28 –  Barn Door Hardware Handle    

This stainless steel barn door handle and back plate (set) by SMART STANDARD is the handle that I used for all 3 of our barn doors.  I highly recommend them.

They were easy to install, don’t show finger prints, and look more expensive than what you have to pay.


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Painting 101: White-Washed Dresser Tutorial

Now, that I have posted our Home Tour:  Coastal Farmhouse Master Bedroom, it is time to share Painting 101:  White-washed dresser Tutorial with you – woohoo!!   It’s about time – right?   I know lots of you have been wanting to learn how to white-wash furniture, so this tutorial will give you everything you need to know (or should – lol!!!) 

It is the same process as the Master Bed Frame Makeover (tutorial), but sometimes it just helps to see it on the furniture piece that you want to try it on. 

So, let’s get to updating that dresser!!  Painting 101:  White-Washed Dresser Tutorial.


What is the white-washed technique?

I get asked quite often about different painting techniques, waxing, sanding, etc. that I use when painting furniture. 

But the one method that comes up the most in discussion is how to get the white-washed “look.”  So, what is the white-washed technique anyway?

It’s basically a painting method that allows you to see part of the furniture peeking through (like you “wiped” something off with a rag, but the rag left some of the liquid behind). 

This leftover “residue” would be “streaked” because of the motion of the rag (washed), giving it a “dulled or milky” appearance.  Does that make sense?


#1 White-Washed Method.  In this method, the paint is diluted with water to make it runnier;  therefore, making it easier to wipe off with a rag.  

The paint mixture is usually 3 parts paint to 1 part water ratio (3:1 ratio).   This technique works best when you are trying to “barely” change the color of the wood. 

 It will basically “lighten” the existing wood tone.  The more coats you put on, the less wood that shows through. 

The cons of this method is that it is VERY messy, and also VERY time consuming if not done correctly.  Thus….. alternate method #2 – dry-brushing.

#2 Dry-Brushed Method.  This is the method that I use most often to get the white-washed look.  In this method, you will not dilute the paint with water but you will use a rag to get the excess paint off of your brush. 

Basically, you are working with a “DRY-BRUSH” (one with little paint on it) – get it?  HUH?  You dip your paint into the paint can, get a SMALL amount of paint onto the brush, then WIPE OFF the excess paint each time. 

This dry-brush (with little paint on it) allows the paint to come out in “streaks.”  ***I will explain more below when you can see the pictures, but I just wanted to give you a brief description.***

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If you want to see my white-washed bed click Master Bed Frame Makeover:  Painted White or glazed white nightstands click Nightstands Makeover:  Painted White with Black Top.



  1. Prep Dresser & Area
  2. Prime Dresser
  3. Paint Dresser – 2 coats
  4. Spray Paint Hardware
  5. Wax Dresser
  6. Distress Dresser (optional)
  7. Wax Dresser Again
  8. Put Hardware Back On


So, here it is again – before…..


Remove all of the hardware from your dresser, and wipe down dresser with a rag.  Make sure to wipe down all of the drawers and inside the dresser also.   

Set up your canvas or plastic drop cloth, and make sure you are in a well ventilated area (like outside or in your garage).

Prop your dresser up onto wooden blocks or paint cans to lift it off of the ground.  You do not want it sitting directly on your painting surface.

Obviously……I needed to put down something in my garage -picture above – but I’ve painted so many pieces that I got lazy.  DON’T BE ME – lol!!

NOTE – I did not sand this piece down (prior to painting) because my primer bonds really well to the furniture surface.  You can sand it down first if you choose…but why do the extra step if you don’t need to -haha!!  If you just feel like you need to sand it down, then I would recommend sanding down the top part only.


Put a small amount of primer onto your paint brush, wipe off excess onto rag and begin gently brushing your primer onto your dresser.  You will need several rags for this process, as the paint will begin to soak through. ***TIP***The less paint you put onto the brush, the less messy it will be.  HINT-HINT!

See pictures below.  Here is what the priming stage looks like.








***TIP***  Use long, quick brush strokes and make sure to gently brush the primer on.  You will not want to fully cover your piece – should look streaked like these pictures.












Why am I showing so many pictures?  LOL!!  Once you get this priming stage done, the painting steps are much easier. 

Plus I just wanted to stress that you are “not fully” covering your piece with paint – just streaks of paint.



Now you will do the exact same method, but just using your white paint.  I used Behr Swiss Coffee from Home Depot for my white paint color.

Dip your brush into the paint, wipe off excess with rag, then gently brush on.  You will do TWO coats of this method.




















Here it is with the primed picture compared to the painted (2 coats) picture.  I just wanted you to be able to see the difference.



While you are waiting for the dresser to dry, go ahead and prep area to paint your hardware.  Put plastic down on the ground, and lie your hardware onto wooden blocks or cardboard. 

I always use wooden pieces from leftover projects (can you tell – lol) for mine, but just use something to lift them above the plastic.

Spray your hardware making sure to get the inside areas as well.  Wait at least 30 mins then flip them over and spray the back side.  Once again, make sure to get “all” areas of the hardware.

***TIP***  I spray all sides from the left, then spray from the top, then spray from the right, and then from the bottom.  This way, I make sure I don’t miss any of the spots.  Trust me, it is the worst feeling EVER!! to finally think you have finished your painted dresser, ONLY to realize that 2 or 3 of the hardware pulls did not fully get covered – ugh!!  Out comes the plastic, spray paint, clean up, and TIME – all again.  Make your life easier by just doing it right the first time!!









Here are some closeup pictures so you can see the brass color of the original hardware (left below) and then the oil-rubbed bronze color after it is spray painted.

***TIP***  If you have brass hardware and spray them with either bronze or black paint, you can gently sand down the edges of the pulls to get an antiqued look (the brass peaks through). 

This turns out REALLY pretty!!  I’ve done it many, many times – I just wasn’t going for that “antique-y” look on this particular piece.  Give it a try if that’s what you’re going for.








Flip them over one more time (top side up), and gently spray again.  This will ensure that ALL sides are covered.



Put the 1st coat of wax on with the sponge that’s included (or rag), let sit at least 15 minutes, and wipe off to buff.  This stage is always where the magic happens – am I right?  It’s like the wax joins everything together, and makes it look a-ma-zing!!












Use the 150-grit sandpaper to lightly distress areas of the dresser where normal wear and tear would occur naturally over time. 

I distressed my dresser on random places at the feet, on edges of some of the drawers,  and on the top section and edge(rim).











Repeat the same process again with the wax for the entire dresser.  Let dry overnight.

***Then put ONE more coat of wax on the TOP portion only. ***  So the entire dresser will have 2 coats total, and the TOP portion will have 3 coats total.















To see more of our master bedroom makeover and master bathroom makeover click:


  • Have any questions?  Let me know – I’d love to help out any way I can.
  • Will you paint your bedroom furniture or try another piece to white-wash?  Let me know – I can’t wait to see the pictures of how beautiful it turns out!!

Have a Great Weekend!!

Love & Hugs ๐Ÿ™‚ 

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