A few years back I remember being on a huge budget while renovating our small downstairs bathroom in our first home. We picked out some peel and stick tile and found an amazing product…vinyl tile grout! I didn’t even realize that was a thing! Well – the process was very easy and I remember all of our guests complimenting us on our new bathroom floor. They were astonished when I told them that It was peel and stick tile. We even had a few friends argue us and place their bare feet on the tile to see if it was cold like a ceramic or stone tile generally is. But low and behold – It was just a jazzy way to spice up cheap flooring. Fooled them
Fast forward 5 years when it was time to fix up the kid’s bath in our “new” old home (new to us but 300 years old) – I remembered that project we did years ago and wanted to do it again. But of course, I had to one-up myself by doing it in a herringbone pattern! Click here to check out that tutorial. Well – It was a challenge – but oh my did it turn out amazing! And I knew I wanted to grout it because it’s basically like the icing on the cake. It looks so finished!
Check out our project from start to finish below!
To start, put grout mix into a large container or just directly apply the grout onto your grout float (I guess that’s what the fancy name for the tool we’re using is called.)
Next, at a 45-degree angle – apply the grout to the floor creases and use a zig-zag motion to smear the grout deep into the cracks.
Only do a section at a time that you can manage to wash off the haze and then regrout in a 30-minute time frame. So I broke my bathroom into two areas. I applied the grout – Washed it off and then regrouted and then washed again before moving on to the other side.
When It’s time to wash off the haze (what’s sitting on the actual tile) use a bucket of cool water and a sponge. Wring all the water out of the sponge before wiping it off of the tile. Try not to get too much water on the tile. Keep redipping in the water and wring out the sponge – wiping until its completely off the tile.
TIP – press your finger behind the sponge and run it along each grout line to create a nice smooth line.
After at least 2 days – use a sealer along the grout lines to protect it from any water penetration. Just run the sealer up the grout lines and wipe any of the residue off of the tile itself before 15 minutes. This is so the sealer doesn’t leave anything behind.
When I first showed my husband the tile I wanted for our new bathroom floor he was all about it. It’s inexpensive peel and sticks tile – and looks like wood flooring. He was a little more apprehensive when I showed him what pattern I wanted it laid in. Although I did I tell him I’d do the brunt of it, I’d just need him for the tricky angles. Low and behold – most of the angles were tricky and above my pay grade. So I told him if he took over, I’d go and make him homemade donuts. He thought this was a fair trade.
Now, I’m not going to lie to you – if you’re expecting this project to take you a few hours… sadly It will not. This project was time-consuming. Our bathroom is small, and it still took us 8-10 hours. There will be an angle to cut with almost every piece you put down, due to the herringbone pattern. At least, this was true in our case because our bathroom is narrow and only the first strip of tiles that went down didn’t need to be cut.
OK – onto the tutorial… Below I’ll list all of the material and tools we used just in case you want to give this project a go.
This will give you a reference point to ensure the focal point of your herringbone design is centered in your space. Then you can start laying your tiles in a V-like shape alternating each tile to butt up against the top side of the tile. Do your best to estimate tile placement so you can avoid having small pieces of tile in high traffic areas (like a doorway).
to ensure you are obtaining the correct angles at which to cut your tiles. Using a pencil and the T-Bevel, trace a line on your tile.
so you don’t cut into the tiles below. Firmly cut along the pencil line, scoring the surface of the tile but not cutting all the way through the tile. You then quickly and firmly snap off the tile along the scored line.
and trim if necessary. If you plan to grout the tile, make sure your spacers are in appropriate spots.
and using the heat gun, warm the adhesive on the back of the tile. You may also consider putting adhesive on the floor itself.
ensuring proper spacing by using the tile spacers. Finally, use a J roller to firmly press the tile down (begin in the center of the tile and roll outwards) to ensure proper adhesion.
Not really, but it sort of feels that way being stuck at home trying to keep my house in order during this quarantine. I find myself cooking and cleaning a whole lot more. Really I’m just trying to make our home as peaceful for everyone as possible – including myself! I don’t know if you are all like this – but my productivity depends on my environment. Meaning – if my environment is totally chaotic… you can totally bet my work for the day will not have been very productive. Working from home can be a challenge – but to make it work, I’ve found you have to figure out what makes you tick – and do it. For me, I know that I need a tidy house to start with. Because the kids are doing distance learning they do need me close to help clarify or explain. So, I make sure to do all my tidying in the morning while they’re doing school because it’s mindless and being interrupted a 100 times is totally fine. Unlike trying to work and being interrupted. Again, this works for me. I have a very flexible work schedule so I can push my work towards the end of the day. I use their quiet reading time, electronic time, and outside play to do my actual work. After all that is done, I do my “extra chores” for the day and start on dinner.
I print out a cleaning chart every week to keep me on track with keeping my house tidy and in order. This really just helps me be mindful of everything that needs to be done. Plus, it works as a visual on my fridge to remind me of what I should do that day. (Scroll to the bottom to download yours). He’s a screenshot of one week’s cleaning chart all filled out.
I start my day tidying up the house while the kids are doing school. This is where I pick everything up. Any deep cleaning I add as my “extra chore” for the day. I try and only add one extra chore per day… otherwise, it’ll feel like all I’m doing is cleaning my home. So one day it might be to take care of all the floors in the house or clean the bathrooms. Another day might be to do the dusting and to wash the furniture down. I do try and do a load of laundry every day to stay on top of the endless laundry phenomenon. Then, I try and consider the bigger picture chores… You know the once a month chores. Like washing all 40 windows in our house 🤦🏻♀️. Yeah – those. I save those for Saturdays. And on Sundays, I wash all the sheets in the house.
Try your best to create an environment where you can prosper during this time of quarantine. If a tidy home helps make things easier for you to do that – I encourage you to first –
Next, Print out my FREE downloadable printable weekly – or once and laminate it so you can put it up on the refrigerator and reuse it. Fill it out on Sundays and let it work as a visual aid!
Ps – Looking for an effective DIY cleaner? Check out my post on the different uses of Castile soap!
In one of my most recent chats with a countertops guy – Yes, this was before the coronavirus outbreak when we could see people and have such conversations as countertops. We just so happened to be discussing stone upkeep. He mentioned having to reseal stone countertops at least once a year. That one had me stumped because within the four years we have lived in our house we have yet to reseal our countertops. I’ll be totally honest, our countertops have lost all it’s sheen and are looking very dull. He said this was very dangerous because it leaves your stone open for stains! I then asked him what he thought was the best product on the market for countertop care – and he said hands down – It’s Granite Gold. He said it’s the only stuff that truly works and is the only product on the market he recommends. This stuff is available on Amazon – so I went ahead and ordered the set. There’s the daily cleaner, a sealer, and a polish. I thought this was as good a time as any to get those countertops looking shiny and new. You know… just in time for the big Easter Din… on never mind. Just in time for staying at home.
The back of all three of the bottles says it’s safe for food prep surfaces, is non-toxic, non-acidic, pH balanced, biodigratable, and has no phosphates and ammonia. Well – sounds pretty good to me! The directions say to spray on cleaner and wipe dry with a paper towel or lint-free cloth. So that’s what I did.
Next, I started the process of sealing the countertops. The directions say to start with a clean countertop using the daily cleaner – done! Then to spray a 3-foot section and immediately wipe the stone clean with a lint-free cloth. It specifically says do not let the sealer dry on the countertop… it will cause hazing. I don’t know what that means – but it doesn’t sound good. lastly, it says to buff dry with a lint-free cloth… wait 20 minuted and do the whole thing again -2 – 3 times.
The last step says to polish – but not until 24 hours after you have sealed the countertops. This is because the sealer needs that amount of time to cure. After the 24 hours are up the directions say to spray the countertops with the daily cleaner and wipe clean with a paper towel or a lint-free cloth. Then lastly, simply spray the polish on the countertop and buff with a dry paper towel or lint-free cloth. Then to wipe dry with a paper towel or lint-free cloth to finish. I’m getting the feeling that maybe I should be using a lint-free cloth🤷🏻♀️. Probably a good investment I’d say. Just a guess.
Hey all – this weekend I was hard at work removing the old sticky tile in my kid’s bathroom. At first, I tried shoving a metal putty knife under the tile and I’ll tell ya – It didn’t go well. A little piece flicked off and I thought “oh boy – this is going to take a while”… Then I got smart and told my husband I needed his heat gun and not to ask any questions. And like a good husband, he pointed me in the right direction. After giving it a go – and blindly I might add. I probably should have watched a youtube video on how to properly use one, but hey – I made it out alive and with the sticky tile gone! I call that a win!
Then, turning the heat gun off and using my pry bar to peel the tile off. This was time-consuming. If I was going to finish this bathroom any time this year – I was going to have to get a little more comfortable with managing this heat gun and my pry bar at the same time. It was a little uncomfortable – at first but after a while, I managed to use my pry bar with one hand while heating the tile with the other. The heat gun did most of the work and the pry bar really just needed pressure to keep it moving forward to peel off the tile. It was a fairly easy project and really only took me about 30-35 minutes total to remove all of the tiles.
removing the tile starting at an open corner (meaning on the side of the tile that was already exposed) and working forward – using my body weight to propel the pry bar was really the best way to remove the tile. The momentum and the heat gun really did the work for me. On the downside, I did get a couple of friction burns – no, not heat gun burns – friction burns. This was from my forearms rubbing on my jeans/long sleeve shirt while using the pry bar. It’s all right though – I mean If there wasn’t any pain or scarring (no scarring here) did it really even happen?!
Here’s a little timelapse video that shows the process of how it all went down.
The only trouble-some area was the toilet. The old sticky tile was laid before the toilet was installed so In order to remove all of the tiles – the toilet will have to be removed. I was determined to do this project on my own – but I think I’ll have to call in the big guns (my husband) to remove the toilet… I mean I probably could figure it out and move the toilet on my own… maybe?! But do I want to?!… Not really. Thank goodness my husband is so accommodating and said he’s gladly step in and move the toilet for me. ~Swoon~ Ladies, get yourself a husband who moves toilets for you.
on a scale from 1 to 10 for difficulty I’d say that this project was probably a 2/3. I was fairly easy – and once I got a hold of how to hold the pry bar and heat gun this project went by fairly quickly. Now, Laying down the new tile might be a little more difficult… we’ll see!
Be sure to pop over later this week to see how installing the new tile goes! Here’s a sneak-peek on how we’ll be laying down the new floor tile!
Hey all! Valentine’s day is around the corner and I don’t know about you, but it’s a family day around here. The kids and I generally put on as much red as we can muster up and spend the day cutting out red construction paper hearts to string for garland. We finish off the evening with some yummy food on our fanciest dishes, toast to our family with sparkling cider, and eat yummy Valentine’s Day cake! On top of all that we surprise each other with small gifts – some are homemade and others not so much. So I’ve rounded up some of my family’s favorite Valentine goodies for yall from the one and only Walmart! Some of the items are fun and very affordable and others like my oh so favorite scent – Coco Chanel Mademoiselle are a bit on the pricey side. But this has to be my all-time favorite scent and when I wear it I get so many compliments. On the other hand, Donna Karan cashmere mist comes in a close second and is much more affordable! So whether your shopping for your family or yourself – I think you’ll thoroughly enjoy some of our favorites!
Castle soap has saved me quite a bit of money over the years. I use it for just about everything in my home. I started using it because I wanted to find easy and simple ways to start using more natural products in my home. It’s very affordable running under $5 a bottle – and get this… It’s concentrated too! A couple of teaspoons will get you far! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a pinch and needed to do laundry but had run out of detergent. castle soap to the rescue!
So If you’re looking for a way to introduce more natural products in your home without spending much money, this product is for you! I’ve written down my top 10 favorite ways to use castle soap in your home!
Mix 2 teaspoons of castile soap with water and some drops of your favorite essential oil mixed in a spray bottle makes for a fantastic all-purpose cleaner. You can use it on your counters in your bathroom and kitchen, your sinks, stovetops, even your toilets. It’s the wonder spray!
Mix 2-3 tablespoons of castile soap with 1/4 cup baking soda for a non-toxic shower scrub. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes and then scrub away. It works wonders!
A few drops of castle soap in your dishwater will do wonders on your sink of dishes! A little dab goes a long way!
I wouldn’t go around eating it – but a few drops on your wet toothbrush will clean your teeth without all the chemical ingredients.
If you’re a low-maintenance person, you’ll be happy to know that you can use castile soap as an all-in-one in the shower, both for your hair and your body.
Vegetable washes can be quite expensive! Did you know you can use Castle Soap to help rinse fruit and vegetables from their dirt and pesticide residue? Just add 1 tablespoon of castile soap to 2 cups of water, and store the mixture in a squirt bottle right beside your kitchen sink.
Make a mixture with one part castile soap and three parts water to shampoo your dog. This mix comes in handy with our farm pup – boy does she get stinky!
I love the smell of my Castle Soap, I put in 3 Tablespoons castile soap mixed with water into my hand soap bottle as a replacement.
Run out of Laundry Detergent? No problem! Just squirt about 1 tablespoon of Castle Soap and a splash of vinegar as a rinse to give your clothes a gentler clean!
Mix 1/4 cup castile soap in a bucket with warm water and get to mopping!
Well – I hope you’ve enjoyed this post! My favorite place to get Castle Soap is at Grove! Check it out here to receive your free caddy and three-piece Mrs. Meyers set!
Or you can pick it up at Amazon here!
Avocados are a staple in our house. I’m always picking them up at the store – but sometimes I will end up with too many and they get too soft for my kiddos. When they start turning brown we know they’re still good – It’s just what happens when they oxidize. But my kiddos can’t get past the color – so it’s guacamole to the recuse! If you’re anything like me then you like recipes that require minimal effort – if that’s the case then you’ll love my no chop guacamole recipe! ps- does anyone hear the word guacamole and think of that crazy kid’s song… you know, where a lady peels an avocado? I’ll attach it below to ensure it’s stuck in your head all day. You’re welcome.
4 large avocados
3/4 – 1 cup of salsa
1/2 of a lime’s juice
1 teaspoon minced garlic
and 1/4 cup dried cilantro or 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
Mix by hand or in a mixer and enjoy!
As you know – I’m currently in a blog series called bathroom refresh where I’m trying to update my bathroom on a $100 budget. This is actually quite hard to do – so I’m trying to pull as many things from my house as possible to save the budget for statement items like new light fixtures and pulls. Now – You might be confused because the title of my blog is called “How to update your bathroom fixtures with spray paint” but in my case, my light fixture and pulls are so outdated – spray paint wasn’t going to fix it. I decided to use my budget to try and buy a light clearanced out, new pulls, and textiles. So, this meant I had to be willing to repaint a new light fixture to get it exactly the shade I was looking for. I found a light on clearance for $40 and it was exactly what I was looking for! Except that it was brown and not black. I also pulled a mirror that was the perfect size from my guest room – and it’s also brown and not black. That’s where my handy dandy can of spray paint comes in.
It’s important to always use the right spray paint for your projects. In this case, I’m spray painting metal so enamel paint is best. It will last longer on surfaces compared to lacquer. It also adheres better. Some times I will use a top coat to help seal in the color, but not always. I usually only do that on “high traffic” items that get used a lot or touched a lot like chairs, furniture, etc. Because this mirror and light fixture is a “hung and done” kind of deal, I’m not worried about the paint coming off.
2-3 light coats are always a good idea when spray painting to ensure you’re getting full coverage. Also, I’ll emphasize LIGHT coats! If you spray it on too thick it’ll probably drip and then it’ll be obvious that it was spray painted. Try and stand a good 12 inches away from your fixtures so that it doesn’t bubble up and look sloppy.
It’s important to wedge your tape right up underneath the frame of your mirror so you don’t “accidentally” leave a thick stripe of spray paint. The more of the tape you get under the frame the better.
The great thing about spray paint is that it only takes seconds to get an even coat… it’s the dry time between coats that can be time-consuming. A half-hour is a good amount of time to wait in between coats if the coats are light.
If you don’t have fixtures – or yours were so outdated like mine then you should check out my latest post on choosing the right fixtures for your bath!
Hey guys, Remeber this fall when I did that Old Navy try on? Well – I was over there today and noticed that they’re having huge sales! Just about all the items I tried on are majorly discounted! I Mean Clearance items are up to 75% off!! Here are a few of my favorite looks from this fall!