Lately, I’ve been pulling more natural warmer tones into my home. Our house is large and feels kind of stark and cold. More natural linens and warm tans/beiges really help to add that cozy feeling. I’ve been in love with large clay pots I’ve seen at Pottery Barn that would complete the vibe I’ve been transitioning into. But at this time in my life, I just can’t drop that kind of cash on decor pieces. Then I saw my friend Bre from @brepurposed on the gram transform her lamp with just a few easy steps into this gorgeous clay-looking Pottery Barn /Restoration Hardware creation! I decided to give it a go – and I’m so glad I did! I’m so in love and can’t believe I actually made this! Below I’ll show you each step so you too can create gorgeous vases/ pitches/lamps.. really whatever your heart desires… for a fraction of the cost of what you’d pay for brand new! I’ll also have a video of my project from start to finish at the bottom.
To start, pick out your piece! This is where you can have fun… Really anything will work. Don’t worry if it’s too shiny and smooth. We’ll be adding texture to help give it that clay look! I chose two large jars/vases and a pitcher. I’ve had these jars for many years… Remember when Chevron pattern was all the rage? Well, I jumped on that bandwaggon and displayed these beauties proudly. They’ve since been stored in my attic just waiting to be used for the right DIY.
Thankfully, I had all of these supplies on hand. Plaster of Paris is what you use when you’re mixing up your own chalk paint recipe – and lord knows I mix up a lot of chalk paint so I had plenty of that on hand.
With your small brush, lightly spackle over your vase. It’s ok if it goes on thicker in some areas – after everything is dry, we’ll give it a good sand to get rid of anything loose. Keep going until your entire vase is covered and then let dry. Make sure to rinse your brush well because you’ll be using this size again in another step.
When your vase is dry – give it a light sand to get rid of all of the loose pieces of spackle. It’s ok if some spots of your vase are bare again.. it’ll only add texture and dimension if some areas are more raised than others.
Mix 1/2 cup of plaster of Paris and about 1/4 cup water together. It’s ok if it’s a little watery. Plaster of Paris thickens over time so you may have to add a little more water as you go or even start with a fresh batch to continue to have the right consistency. With your small brush, paint your vase with the plaster of Paris mixture until you have your desired texture and until it’s fully covered. Remember to work quickly or be prepared to make a new mixture because your plaster will harden in your dish. Let dry completely.
Choose a paint color. I used Glidden Off-White. It has a subtle beige that really adds a lot of warmth. Use your medium-sized brush and paint over your entire vase and let dry.
Mix dirt and water to create a thick mud mixture (not watery) and completely coat your vase. It’s ok to put it on thick. After it dries, take a paper towel and brush off any loose mud from your vase.
Lastly, grab a paper towel and dip back into your paint and sponge it on in small areas on your vase. This is so you can get your desired color and also to help capture a more multidimensional look.
That’s it guys! How cool was that?!
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.
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.
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!
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!
After my first blog post on my bathroom refresh series where I go over my design plan – I got a lot of requests asking how to choose bathroom fixtures – and where to get them. So I’ve decided to write a blog post hoping to answer your questions!
People ask me all the time if it’s ok to mix metals when planning your bathroom fixtures – and my answer is… YES! I love mixing metals! There are some rules though… For instance, you always want to tie in that metal somewhere. You don’t want to have one metal by itself feeling all alone and out of place. What I mean by that is pair up your metals or have three of one and 2 of the other. Like in my bathroom design, I’ll have a black framed mirror and a black light fixture AND a gold faucet with gold hardware. So remember – It’s ok to mix metals as long as you tie it in somewhere in the bathroom.
Well….when it comes to choosing bathroom fixtures… size really does matter! Size your bathroom fixtures like your mirror and your light fixture off of your vanity size. You really want your mirror to be pretty close to the vanity size. Or, if you plan to have a light fixture on either side of your mirror the overall size should be the size of your vanity. That would mean the span from light fixture to light fixture. If you have two sinks you can have two mirrors – but you don’t have to.
Only you know how much is too much… This will depend entirely on your budget. BUT if your anything like me you want to find a good deal. There are so many places to buy bathroom fixtures (and at a decent price) – but I have to say, one of my favorite places to shop would definitely be Wayfair! They have such variety – not only in products but prices too! I’ve rounded up some of my favorite mirrors, light fixtures, and faucets below!
After the first coat of white paint, I realized that the paint stuck out like a sore thumb. You see, all of the other elements in my bathroom are a light tan. I didn’t notice this until the first coat of white paint was up and the contrast was very obvious. Sometimes you can follow all the steps on your design plan and it doesn’t work out. There just isn’t money in the budget to change the light beige toilet, shower surround, and tub to new whites ones so… instead I’m going to repaint the walls. The walls were a dark beige color before I painted them a bright white. My plan now is to mix white paint with a light tan paint I have and mix it until it’s a creamy neutral with a hint of tan to it. That way it doesn’t clash with the other tan elements in the bathroom. Now that brings me to another problem I have in this bathroom. I don’t have an exhaust fan and mold can grow easily on the ceiling. I need to deep clean this bathroom before I paint over my ceiling – but I’m not a fan of using bleach. It can be tough to fight mold and other bathroom germs without it. But I’ve rounded up some cleaning hacks that don’t require bleach that will leave your bathroom sparkling!
Baking soda is an excellent cleaning agent. It can create an awesome paste that will cut through mold, mildew, and tub grime. If you mix it with equal parts peroxide and let the paste sit in your tube it will wipe away shiny and clean after just a few minutes.
Vinegar is great for disinfecting as well. I like to Mix 1 cup white vinegar and ½ cup lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray it all over my tub. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let it sit for another 10 minutes and wipe it clean. Seriously, your tub will sparkle! You can also pour a half cup of vinegar into your toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. It seriously cleans the bowl without needing a toilet brush. Just flush it down and your toilet will be sparkly and clean! Vinegar also works great to mop those bathroom floors! Just add a ½ cup of white distilled vinegar to a half-gallon of warm water.
Ok- This is probably my favorite hack because it doesn’t necessarily pertain to just bathroom cleaning. I literally use Castile soap for everything! Castile Soap comes concentrated so you have to dilute it. Just a couple tablespoons of Castile soap in a spray bottle of water makes a perfect disinfecting spay! Want even more cleaning power? Use this spray to get rid of tub mildew and then sprinkle on baking soda and let sit. Seriously, the mildew wipes away!
Thanks so much for reading along – Leave some love below if you also like to clean with safer cleaning supplies and drop a comment with your favorite cleaning hacks!
I’m so excited to finally bring you my gift guide – which I’ve been working on for months! I tried to come up with gift ideas that were unique and thoughtful, but at the same time I wanted to bring you guys some awesome deals too! Some of my favorite brands have sent over some fantastic discount codes and links that will save you tons of money this holiday season. Thanks to all the brands, and happy shopping!
Weighted blankets are all the rage right now! I totally jumped on the bandwagon and got a few for my kiddos’ rooms. They say it feels as though you’re getting a giant hug all night long. I gave it a whirl and I have to say – I really did sleep better. There’s something so comforting about the extra weight that helped me rest easier and sleep longer. My kids really are sleeping longer and harder… which is a huge win for me.
These weighted blankets would make an excellent gift this Holiday season for really anyone in your life. And Blanquil happens to be having their biggest sale ever with 40% off site wide starting Now! -Use code BF19
Hart and Hess is a home decor subscription box company delivering amazing home decor goods to your front door. I receive a box every month and it feels like Christmas year round. Home decor boxes would make amazing Christmas gifts for the loved ones in your life who love all things home. They are currently running huge Black Friday deals that make signing up more affordable then ever. If you use code HomeBoxHoliday you can get 20% off your first month’s subscription! And there’s so many more sales going on. If you’ve had your eye on a few of their products that were only available through home box subscriptions, you can now order them individually and with a discount! Their products are ranging from 25%-50% off, check them out here!
You guys know I love my Beddys! My kids absolutely adore them! I know they would make an amazing Holiday gift for the little ones in your life. Starting Thursday morning at 12:01am Beddys is running an amazing sale! 25% off everything on their site using the code BLACKFRIDAY19. Plus, for every $200 spent… they’re giving away $25 gift cards!!
Mixbooks is a great gift to give the grams and gramps on your list! With mixbook you can create the most beautiful photo books and keepsakes of your family. Use code BFDEALS to get 55% off your order!
A Scentbox subscription would make an amazing gift for someone who loves perfume! I currently have a subscription and love that I get designer fragrances shipped to my door every month! It’s as easy as adding fragrances into your que and having them shipped to your door. Each spray bottle has a month’s worth of fragrance – I love it because I get to try out so many fragrances that I wouldn’t get a chance to try so frequently. It takes me a good year to go through a normal size bottle – so I was stuck with the same scent for a long time. With Scentbox you an use this link and get 35% off your first month’s subscription making it just under $10.
27Teas is a small woman-owned New Hampshire based company with the most delicious blends of tea. What I love about this tea company is that they give back – and big time! A percentage of their profits goes to the Water Project which supports clean water and sanitation initiatives for a special school in Kenya. Giving an adorable tea set and loose leaf tea would be such a sweet gift this holiday season. And for Black Friday, 27Teas is offering 20% off and free shipping on all orders over $40! Coupon code blackfriday2019 (ps – Doesn’t apply to monthly subscriptions)
This year for my Thanksgiving tablescape I wanted to go really neutral. I found these great burlap table runners on Amazon and decided that was going to be my inspiration! I ended up buying 4. One that ran the length of my table and 2 that I could cut in half and run the width of my table to use as placemats.
I have a really useful tip to use when cutting burlap. Measure your burlap to size and snip the edge of the runner exactly where you want to cut your burlap. Then, find a loose thread and pull all the way until the tread comes out. It will bunch together until the tread comes loose. This will leave you a perfect line to cut and your edges won’t fray.
First I added my burlap runner down the middle. Then, I added my cut burlap to the width of the table creating placemats for each chair. Next, I added my pinstripe table runner to add some color and texture to my tablescape. And lastly, I added greenery! I love to use real or faux garland to my tablescapes.
Add your centerpiece to the center of the garland. If you missed my post about making a Thanksgiving centerpiece you can read on here. I also added varying size pumpkins from our garden and taper candles and candle holders to add height to my tablescape.
I like a more eclectic vibe for my table setting. I used mismatched white dishes that were thrifted and drinking glasses that were also thrifted. To help the table feel more cohesive with my eclectic vibe I used matching black chargers and buffalo check napkins. These napkin rings were from Target long ago – But you can find similar ones here.
The key to any tablescape is to add many layers and varying heights. This adds depth and dimension and is visually appealing. Basically, you want one thing that your eye is going to be drawn too (here – my floral arrangement) and then other things that aren’t going to compete with it, but complement it.
I hope you’ve enjoyed friends.. checkout my Pumpkin bar recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving day treat!