ORC Week 5 – White Vanity

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Welcome to Week 5 of the One Room Challenge! It’s the final week before next week’s big reveal! I feel pretty good about my progress and my chances at finishing the room, but there’s still plenty left to do and I’m feeling the pressure.

This was probably my most productive and transformative week of the challenge. I don’t want to post too many pictures and ruin the big reveal, but the vanity is finally done and it looks amazing! The transformation started Friday night when my boyfriend and I removed the old countertop. Luckily it wasn’t glued in place, so I only had to cut through the caulk to remove it.



On Saturday I painted the cabinet, drawers, and the backside of the doors. The miracle of white paint never ceases to amaze me! On Sunday I finished painting the front of the doors. I used Behr Premium Plus Paint + Primer (satin finish) in Ultra Pure White to paint everything. It took three coats of paint to cover the dark wood, but so far there hasn’t been any bleed through.

Sunday night my boyfriend installed the new countertop. I’m glad he’s strong because that sucker is heavy and I never would have been able to lift it myself. I could barely even scoot the box across the carpet…haha. This is as close to a full shot as you’re going to get until the reveal. It’s definitely a rough shot, but it gives you a good idea of how the vanity is going to look. As of this picture I still had to caulk around the vanity, touch up a few dings in the wall from removing/installing the countertop, and of course, install the rest of the doors/drawers.


I’ll be honest – I don’t love the wall color with the new vanity countertop. Based on the sample, I was expecting to countertop to be more white and not as gray. I don’t have enough time to fix it for the One Room Challenge, but I’ll probably end up re-painting the walls (again!). I’m hoping I just need to get used to it and it’ll grow on me because I really don’t want to paint this room for a third time.

Let’s take one last look at the to-do list before next week’s reveal! There’s still plenty of work and shopping left to do, but I’m feeling good about this last week!

Paint Room
Buy Missing Drawer ReplacementInstall Replacement Drawer and Drawer Front
Fix Original Drawer and Add Drawer Front
Install Replacement False Drawer Front
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors/Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
Artwork
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Accessories


Don’t forget to check out the official participants (here) and the other linking participants (here)!


Flashback Friday: October

Friday, October 24, 2014

Can you believe it’s almost Halloween?! I know I say this every month, but I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by! Anyway, today we’re looking back at some of my favorite October posts from years past.

OK, let’s kick this off with a flashback to October 2013 –


Looking back through the archives, October 2013 was all about England. I’m so happy that I wrote detailed posts about all of our stops and experiences on our trip. It’s been fun re-reading them and pretending I’m back in England touring castles. Hopefully I’ll get to go back within the next couple of years *fingers crossed*



Last year I scored one of my best Craigslist finds – a like-new La-Z Boy sleeper sofa! We’ve had a few people sleep on it over the past year and they’ve all said that it’s surprisingly comfortable for a pull-out bed. The dogs are also a big fan of the sofa – Abby sleeps on it whenever I’m working in the office and I’m pretty sure Ringo sleeps on it for a few hours every night. Definitely one of my best purchases!


Let’s rewind another year and look at October 2012 –

Although this table has since been painted navy and then completely replaced with a new table, I still love this color (Lagoon by Martha Stewart). It’s crazy to see how much that wall has transformed over the past two years. I’m really happy with how it looks now (I just need to add accessories), so I don’t think we’ll be seeing any big changes to this wall anytime soon.


I wish our front yard looked this clean and festive right now! Actually, I’d be happy if it looked like the before picture. Thanks to all the rain we’ve been having lately, the weeds in our front yard are completely out of control! I still need to decorate the porch for fall too. I’m going to have to take care of it soon before I get a letter from the HOA forcing me to clean it up. Maybe that should be my weekend project…


Time to go WAY back to October 2011 – my first year of blogging!

This kitchen artwork post has been one of my most popular to date. I still get requests for a copy of the printable. And yes, it’s still hanging in my kitchen. I’ve been planning to replace it for awhile now, but I just keep procrastinating. I think I want to use the same saying, but paint it onto a piece of wood/pallet sign.  It would go a better with the rest of my décor.


 
Three years ago my boyfriend, his brothers and his dad built our new gate. It’s held up really well and is still one of the best outdoor projects we’ve completed. I also love this post because it includes a couple of cute Ringo puppy pictures. Look at that little face peeking though the gate!


So that’s what I’ve been up to in October for the past three years. It’s been fun looking back at the places I’ve traveled and seeing how much the house has changed over the past few years.


ORC Week 4 – It’s Here!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

It’s Week 4 of the One Room Challenge and I’m feeling significantly better about my room than I was last week. The new countertop for the vanity was delivered on Tuesday! Originally it wasn’t scheduled to arrive until October 31st at the earliest, but then last week delivery was moved up to October 27th. And then on Monday I checked the tracking number and it said it would be delivered on Tuesday! I can't wait to open it up and see how it looks! Hopefully I measured correctly...


My goal this week was to cross off some of the smaller projects in anticipation for the larger vanity, mirror, and countertop projects. I’m happy to report that I was able to cross a few of those off this week. I cleaned the paint mistakes off of the mirror and I installed the drawer front on the new drawer! Yes, after three and a half years I officially have a drawer in that spot!


I was hoping to find all of my accessories this weekend, but I only ended up with new towels. They are from the Threshold line at Target and they match the blue in the butterflies and birds perfectly. I also like that the waviness of the towels adds a little texture to the room.


I only have two more weeks to finish the room, so I definitely need to pick up the pace this week. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to finish the following: remove the old countertop, paint the vanity, install replacement drawer front, fix the original drawer and add new drawer front, add remaining hardware/new hinges, install new countertop, and continue the search for artwork and accessories. That would just leave the mirror, caulking the shower, and accessories/styling for the final week. I think it’s doable…famous last words?


Paint Room
Buy Missing Drawer Replacement
Install Replacement Drawer and Drawer Front

Fix Original Drawer and Add Drawer Front
Install Replacement False Drawer Front
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors/Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
Artwork
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Accessories



Don't forget to check out the rest of the rooms linked up! There's some great projects going on right now!




ORC Week 3 – Walls and Ceiling

Thursday, October 16, 2014

It’s week three of the One Room Challenge and as usual, I’m starting to panic. I only have a couple more weeks to work until I need to start finishing up and taking pictures for the reveal. I’m definitely starting to worry about the vanity countertop arriving on time…and the fact that non-refundable, so hopefully I measured correctly…

OK, before I go into complete panic mode, let’s talk about the progress I’ve made since last week:

I painted the walls and ceiling! Yay! As a quick reminder, this is the color the room used to be:


Actually, it was originally green, but I don’t have any pictures of the original color. I painted it that gray color the day after I closed on the house, but I never really loved that shade of gray (it’s too blue). I’ve been wanting to repaint this room for awhile now, so I’m glad it’s finally done. As you probably noticed, I striped everything except for the light fixture and toilet out of the room to paint. I hate having to tape off things, so my solution was just to remove them. It took a little more time upfront, but it made painting a lot easier. Oh, and the new paint color is Stone Age by Valspar.


It’s hard to tell the difference in pictures, but I promise in person it’s a little darker and definitely grayer. I’m really happy with my color choice and I can’t wait to see how it looks once the vanity is painted white and the new countertop is installed. 

You might have also noticed that I got a little wild while I was painting around the mirror, so I need to scrape off the excess paint. Although it doesn’t have to be perfect because I’m planning on adding trim to frame out the mirror. I also need to touch up the trim in a couple places and the walls will be done!

This week I also got the notches cut out of the new drawer, so it finally fits in the vanity! I never did find my jigsaw, so I had to use a circular saw. I definitely don’t recommend doing it that way, but sometimes you just have to make do.


I still have a lot left to do, but a least I’m making some progress! By next week I’m hoping to finish the little, time consuming projects in anticipation of my new counter being delivered at the end of the month. So this week I’m planning to touch up the trim, clean the paint off the mirror, re-caulk around the shower, fix the original drawer, attach both drawer fronts, and maybe even paint the doors and drawers. Hopefully I’ll decide on the artwork and other accessories this week too.

Paint Room
Buy Missing Drawer Replacement

Install Replacement Drawer and Drawer Front

Fix Original Drawer and Add Drawer Front
Install Replacement False Drawer Front
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors/Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
Artwork
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Accessories


Oh, and don’t forget to check out the other linking participants here! There’s some serious talent participating in the challenge!



Insta-16: Take 10

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

It’s time for another round of Instagram pictures! You can see the previous nine recaps here

If you have an account, you can follow me at: sam_whit22.  If not, this recap is for you! I’ve rounded up my last 16 Instagram pictures for you here today. This roundup includes my trip to England, a rainstorm, a traffic jam and lots of Ringo and Abby pictures!


As usual, my plan is to share a pretty collage of all the pictures and then pick my top 5 in different categories: Abby, Ringo, Cutest Couple (Ringo and Abby), Yummy (Food or Drink), and Wildcard (Non-Food and Non-Puppy).

OK, enough talk! Here’s the tenth round of Instagram pictures:




And here are my favorites: 

 

Abby


That’s Abby’s sister Mini (she was the runt of the litter, hence the name). She belongs to our friends and we usually dog-sit for them a couple times a year while they are on vacation. Surprisingly, Ringo gets along with Mini better than Abby does. Ringo and Mini play 24/7, but Abby just isn’t that interested. She would rather hang out on my lap and watch them.


Ringo


Look at that sad Ringo face! He was upset that he didn’t get to go to England with me! The dogs hate when I pull out the suitcase because they know it means I’m leaving and will be gone for awhile. I love traveling, but I sure do miss my doggies while I’m away.
 


Cutest Couple


I like to think that this is a picture of Ringo and Abby keeping me company while I cook, but it’s more likely that they were just hoping I’d drop some food!  Abby usually hangs out with me while I cook (because she’s my shadow and rarely leaves my side), but Ringo only comes around when he thinks he’s going to get food or when he sees that I’m making a mess and might drop something.


Yummy

This is from the British Airways’ business class lounge in Heathrow Airport. Yes, self-serve drinks! I had a few Grey Goose and cranberry cocktails…and was almost late for my flight! They also had a buffet and the food was surprisingly good. I must say that flying business class is pretty amazing!


Wildcard


This is Southsea Castle in Portsmouth, England. I walked 3 miles roundtrip (in flip flops) to see it. I had already been in England a few days without doing any sightseeing and refused to leave without seeing a castle, so after work one day I walked around the seawall from my hotel to the castle. Of course by the time I got there I had to hurry back to the hotel to meet up for dinner. It was definitely worth the walk though!


OK, who else is on Instagram? Leave your username in the comments, so I can follow you.


The Friday Five

Friday, October 10, 2014

One – 2013 Photobook


It only took nine months, but I finally finished my 2013 photobook! I used Mixbook again and I’m really happy with the quality, as usual. They have 40%-off sales pretty often (or you can look online for a coupon code), so if you use Mixbook, make sure you wait to order until there’s a deal. Some of my favorite events from last year were Spring Training baseball, the AZ Crawfish Festival, and our trip to England/France (although I made a separate England/France photobook last year). I also made separate pages for Ringo, Abby, and my favorite Instagram pictures.


Two – Christmas Shopping


Has anyone else already started their Christmas shopping? I like to get started early so I can spread out my purchases over a few months. My mom always says that I give really thoughtful gifts, so the pressure is on every year to come up with new gift ideas…plus I’m really indecisive so I need all of the time I can get to think of ideas. I’ve already bought two presents for my mom, one for my dad, one for my aunt and a couple small things for my boyfriend’s niece and nephew. I have a spreadsheet on my computer with all of my purchases and gift ideas laid out. I take Christmas presents very seriously…LOL!


Three – Curtains


I finally hung curtains in the guest bedroom! Granted, they are just white panels from Wal-Mart, but it’s better than nothing. I think the most exciting part is that the curtain rod is up, so it’ll be easy to change out curtains when I finally decide what I want to do with this room. For now it’s my boyfriend’s junk room and he cleans it up whenever we have guests over (or they sleep on the pull-out couch in the office). Otherwise, we just keep the door closed…


Four – Bowling


Last night was the second week of our bowling league. I have to admit that it’s a lot more fun than I thought it would be. The first week I bowled a 86, 115, and 127, so my average was 109 and I ended up with a 99-point handicap. Last night I didn't bowl as well as the first week. I bowled a 104, 97, and 97. It was still fun and we ended up winning 2 of the 3 games and pin total...mostly because my boyfriend bowled over 200 on those two games.


Five – Grey Bench


I still haven’t decided how I feel about the bench in the entry way. At first I didn’t like and I was planning on returning it, but now it’s starting to grow on me. I think it’ll look better once I add pillows and other decorations around it. Here’s a very poor photoshopped version of what I have in mind. I still have the box and I have until October 25th to return it...ugh, I can’t decide. I need opinions! Please!




ORC Week 2 – Vanity Issues

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Well, my bathroom makeover did not go as planned this weekend/week. I was hoping to have the entire vanity repaired and painted for today, but I ended getting sick this weekend and didn’t feel like dealing with any of the problems I kept coming across, so I don’t have much progress to show. Regardless, let’s talk about the bathroom vanity today anyway…

I should probably start with the back story - When I bought the house three and a half years ago one of the drawers was missing from the vanity. I have no idea why…Anyway, Ringo likes to play a game where he put his ball through the opening and then bugs me until I open the cabinet below so he can get his ball back. It’s really quite annoying, you would think that would have been enough motivation for me to start his project sooner…nope… So we just lived with a hole in the vanity for the past few years because I’m a procrastinator.

Once I decided to work on the master bathroom for the ORC, I knew I had to stop procrastinating and finally order a replacement drawer. Turns out it was really easy to order and it was pretty cheap. I have no idea why I waited so long…I’m such a slacker sometimes…


As you can see, I decided to order all new drawer fronts because I wanted to make sure they all matched and I knew there was no way the replacement drawer would be identical to the old ones. I ordered my drawer fronts and box from Horizon Cabinet Door Co. The drawer fronts were $20 each and the drawer box was $18 with free shipping. I’m really happy with the quality and would definitely order from them again (the online ordering form was really easy to use too).

Unfortunately, I haven’t installed any of them yet for a variety of reasons. First off, I need to cut a couple notches into the back of the new drawer so it fits the rollers, but I can’t find my jigsaw. Then the original drawer fell apart when I removed the old drawer front. I can repair it, but I need a new piece of wood to replace one of the sides. And the biggest issue is the false drawer front in the middle. It’s attached from the back with 12 wood screws! And the top six screws are angled so I can’t remove them without removing the countertop…and I can’t remove the countertop without disconnecting the plumbing and removing the caulking around the edges. I ordered a new countertop, but it’s not scheduled to be delivered until the end of the month. I guess I’ll just wait until then to remove the false drawer front and paint the cabinet. In the meantime (hopefully this week), I’m going to fix my other drawer issues and get them (plus the doors) painted.

Despite all of that, I do have a little progress to share this week! I got the new hardware installed on the doors! I wanted to get everything drilled before I started painting in case I had to fill any mistakes, but thanks to my handy installation template I didn’t have any errors to fill (more details on installing cabinet hardware and how to use the template here). I picked these polished nickel Martha Stewart pulls from Home Depot for the drawers and doors. They kinda match my towel bar and toilet paper holder, even though those are a different brand from Lowe's.


I also got my new shower curtain in the mail this week! It’s the botanical bird curtain from Target. It’s no longer in stores, so I had to order mine from eBay (it was $24.99). So far I’m really happy with my choice and I can’t wait to start buying the rest of the accessories for the room.


Today’s post was a lot of talk and not a lot of action, but let’s check the to-do and see where I’m at:

Paint Room
Buy Missing Drawer Replacement
Install Replacement Drawer and Drawer Fronts
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors/Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
Artwork
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Accessories


Don't forget to check out the other linking participants here


ORC Week 1 – Master Bathroom Mood Board

Thursday, October 2, 2014

It’s time for another round of the One Room Challenge! Big thanks to Linda for hosting! For those of you who are new to the ORC, it's a fun challenge to transform a room in just 6-weeks! There are 20 official participants, but there's also a linking event on Thursdays that's open for everyone to join.


I had a hard time choosing a room this time, but I ended up picking the master bathroom because it needs a makeover more than any other room in the house. I mean, it’s been missing a drawer for over 3 years! Plus I’ve been trying to get this makeover started for the past couple years, but just never got into it, so hopefully this will be the push I need to get it done! Let’s take a look at a few before pictures and a few pictures of its current state.

This is the only picture I have the bathroom when I first moved in. I wish I had a better picture of the original wall color.  

 
This is what it looked like after we painted the walls and updated the fixtures, but before I half-ass started on the makeover last year:
 
 
 
This is what it currently looks like...not much has changed except for the shower curtain and artwork:

 
Over a year ago (July 2013) I put together a mood board for the room hoping that it would get me inspired…yeah, I only ended up buying a new shower curtain and replacing the medicine cabinets. Here’s the original mood board I put together:
 
 
For the most part, my plan hasn’t changed much since then. I’ve picked a new shower curtain, towels, and artwork, but the rest is the same. Here’s the updated plan:
 
I painted the bathroom when I first moved in (it was an ugly green color), but I never really liked the shade of gray that I picked. I wanted a gray-gray, but it ended up being a bluish-gray. So, my plan is to repaint the room another shade of gray. I’m also going to paint the vanity white once I replace the missing drawer. Plus I’m going to replace the countertop and frame the large mirror.

Luckily a lot of the other bathroom items have already been updated. Shortly after closing on the house my dad replaced the faucet, light fixture, showerhead, and toilet for me. He also helped me add the toilet paper holder. A few months later I added the towel bar and replaced the baseboards. So once I finish those big items listed above, the rest is mostly just details and accessories.

OK, now let’s look at the ol’ to-do list:

Paint Room
Replace Missing Drawer
Paint Vanity
Add Pulls to Doors/Drawers
New Countertop
Frame Large Mirror
New Shower Curtain
Re-Caulk Shower
Artwork
New Towels
Buy Bath Mat
Accessories

Don't forget to stop by the link party and check out the other participants!


Away She Went

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

I have big blog-related news to share today!

I’m changing the name of my blog! The Junk House is in the process of becoming Away She Went!

The change won’t be official for a few more weeks, but I wanted to give everyone a heads up in case you start seeing updated links and pages. I’ve already changed the name on my Facebook and Pinterest accounts. Jess, the lovely lady who created my current blog design, is in the process of creating the new Away She Went design. So, I should have an updated header/logo within the next few weeks. So far I think I have everything redirecting correctly, so you shouldn't have to to update any bookmarks/feeds, but I’ll keep you all updated as the change progresses. Oh, but this is the new link http://awayshewentblog.blogspot.com/ in case you have any personal bookmarks you want to update.

OK, now I’m sure some of you are wondering why I’m changing my blog name. Quite simply, The Junk House doesn’t really reflect the current direction of the blog. Let me explain –

First, let me start with the easiest and most literal reason – travel. Over the past couple of years I’ve been writing a lot about traveling and I see that continuing in the future. Obviously, Away She Went fits the travel theme better than The Junk House.

OK, now let’s talk about the main reason behind the name change -

When I started this blog three and a half years ago (has it really been that long?!) I was a new homeowner with a small budget and little design experience trying to decorate an entire house. The main focus of the blog was finding deals and decorating the house as cheap as possible. That meant I bought a lot of “junk” from the thrift store to reuse/repurpose, hence The Junk House.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I still love thrift shopping and reusing/repurposing items. Honestly, even if I won the lottery, I’d probably still shop at thrift stores. BUT, as I get older and find my “style”, I see the value in splurging in quality pieces and not just buying cheap pieces to hold me over. For example, I’m at the point where I’d rather just buy a white vase instead of finding something at the thrift store to spray paint so I can save a few bucks. Of course that's not to say that I've given up spray paint - it's still a great way to transform/customize a piece.

Maybe I should just let my blog bestie Meaghan explain the new blog name since she’s the one that came up with Away She Went (thanks Meaghan!). As she explains, “it encompasses the travel aspect and also the significance of moving away from “junk” and progressing to nicer things, not just furniture, but in general.”

I've always been a cheap thrifty person and clearance/sale are a couple of my favorite words, so I don’t want anyone to think that I’m done looking for deals and will only be shopping at (insert expensive décor store here) from now on. I think rooms decorated with a mix of new and vintage, high and low items look the best anyway. I guess this is just my declaration that my style has evolved and to expect changes. Although if you’ve been following for awhile, I’m sure you’ve already noticed.  


Have any of you changed your blog name? If you have any advice/tips/tricks for transitioning everything, let me know! Oh, and sorry for writing such a long post with no pictures ;)


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