The Guest Bathroom is Getting an Update!- One Room Challenge Week 1- The Before and The Plan

Hello, Hello. I am at it again. Last month I added a faux marble finish to the fire place surround and this month I’ve decided to join the One Room Challenge. I’ll have six weeks to complete a room, which I will share DIY updates along the way, saving the big reveal for week six!

If you found me through ORC, welcome! I’m April and for the past year, I’ve been feverishly redecorating our colonial style house in Williamsburg, VA. After changing decor and trying out new things, I found that I really enjoy simple modern and scandinavian inspiration. Monochromatic makes me feel calm and orderly. I also enjoy purging things from the house regularly. 

I’m always down to the wire, so why no put on the pressure and get this thing started.


Welcome to the guest bathroom. Well, it is actually the upstairs hall bathroom, which my little one uses. It is also connected to the guest room, but we never have guests because the guest room is full of both my husband and I’s DIY crap.

The room isn’t that bad. A few years ago I blogged about painting the honey oak cabinets light blue and changing out the shower curtain. It is still a pretty basic builder guest bathroom with the original mirror, fixtures and not a lot of wow.


The challenge is that the guest bathroom has two doors and a window, leaving little to no wall space for practical use. Where do you hang a towel? Toilet paper? Nope. I will be solving those issues with the update and knocking the design portion out of the park using mixed metals and navy.

Here is the inspiration for the guest bathroom. I LOVE black, gold and silver so using all of them sparingly is definitely a must. And while I am on a navy kick, painting the kitchen cabinets navy would be too bold of a statement so the bathroom is the perfect place to add a sophisticated touch to a currently 90’s looking bathroom.

Guest Bathroom Update! Gold & Navy Bathroom Update - One Room Challenge from


Vanity Paint in Coastal  |  Floor Stencil: Cutting Edge Nola  |  Mirror  | Lighting  |  Pulls  |  Shelf  |  Plant  |  Baskets  |  Curtain  |


  1. declutter & deep clean
  2. remove all wall fixtures & cabinet doors
  3. paint walls
  4. paint baseboards
  5. paint & seal vanity cabinet
  6. degloss, sand, and prime floor
  7. paint, stencil & seal floor
  8. install mirror
  9. install lighting
  10. install new hardware
  11. hang shower curtain
  12. install towel hooks & style shelves
  13. style counter

I can’t wait to share more with you as I finalize the finishes and pull the whole look together!

Come back next Thursday for a progress post. I’m going to start taking down all of the current fixtures, shelves and curtains. Check out my Instagram Stories to see the progress and some DIY tips along the way!

Check out progress from featured designers below, and don’t miss out on the guest participants!








DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace Update

DIY Faux Marble Fireplace #PinterestChallenge

Welcome to the August Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop, hosted by My Pinterventures. This month I chose to recreate a DIY Faux Marble Fireplace by updating our slate fireplace with faux marble contact paper. Keep reading & make sure you check out some of the other projects linked at the bottom of this post. I challenge you to DO one of the pins you’ve pinned lately! Make Pinterest count. #pinterestchallenge

A few months ago I started searching “marble contact paper” on Pinterest for ideas of how to use it. It is all the rage right now in the DIY decorating world. Decorators are putting it on everything from cabinet faces to lining pantry shelves to nightstand drawer accents. It has popped up everywhere and I wanted on this bandwagon NOW!

We have a gas fireplace, that we never use, might I add. It has a black slate hearth and border with white craftsman-ish trim. I ordered this Marble Contact Paper and plastic scraper from Amazon {affiliate link, don’t worry you won’t be charged extra} to install the faux marble. The contact paper is very shiny and thick. I was expecting it to be like shelf liner, but it is much thicker like Silhouette vinyl and durable. As for the scraper, I use them for everything- cleaning pans, scraping kid food off floor, and in this project {DIY Table Makeover with General Finishes Paint} I used the scraper to prep our kitchen table for painting.

Here is the before photo:

It was a pretty simple update. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Measure the slate fireplace surround. Measure the width across the top and the length of each of the slate pieces.
  2. Cut contact paper to size leaving a 1/4″ to 1/2″ extra buffer.
  3. Apply top contact paper first. Start in one corner and work your way across the top piece. Use the scraper to push the paper against the trim. (There is a small gap between our trim and slate, so I pushed the contact paper into the gap and tucked it under the trim).
  4. Smooth out any bubbles with your hand and press firmly to adhere the faux marble contact paper.
  5. With a razor blade or X-acto knife, trim the excess contact paper. Start by trimming the top right over the existing lines of the slate. Trim out the corners.
  6. Lastly, stick the blade into the very top of the vertical piece and carefully drag the blade down the entire length of the fireplace, resting the side of the blade on the existing slate as a guide. This creates a precise line, but does not leave any paper over or underlapping. (This seems wordy- better description: As if you are cutting wrapping paper, stick in the scissors and just slide them to the top instead of chomping with them. In this case, work from top to bottom).
  7. After cutting to size and applying all three pieces of contact paper, give the whole thing another good press to seal and tuck in any last corners and cut any excess off the bottom.


DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from


DIY Marble Contact Paper Fireplace Update from

What do you think of this DIY version of a Faux Marble Fireplace update? It turned out great. It brightens the room up and will look even better after I paint the surrounding wall bright white.

It has been installed for a little over a month now and has handled little kid beatings like a champ. The baby likes to rub her little fingers over the seams and she has yet to pull it off so it’s a win in my book.

Below I will link the supplies again and the other Blogs to check out for inspiration for your next project.


Now let’s see what other things Pinterest inspired! Head over and visit the other hosts to see what they crafted, cooked, built, or tried!

Pinterest Challenge Blog Hop

Erlene – My Pinterventures • Alexandra – Eye Love Knots
Joanne – Our Unschooling Journey • Laurie – My Husband Has Too Many Hobbies
Jenny – Cookies Coffee and Crafts • Kristie – Teadoodles
Beverly – Across the Boulevard • Katrin – Kreativ K
Debra – Shoppe No. 5
Gail – Purple Hues and Me
Emily – Domestic Deadline • April – Stampin Fool
Chelsea – Making Manzanita • 
Julie – Sum of their Stories • T’onna – Sew Crafty Crochet
Michelle – Our Crafty Mom • Lisa – Blogghetti
Marie – The Inspiration Vault • Kelley – Simply Inspired Meals
Debbee – Debbee’s Buzz • Shirley – Intelligent Domestications
Habiba – Craftify My Love • Marci – Stone Cottage Adventures
Kenyatta – My Design Rules • Kelli – The Olympic Nest
Roseann – This Autoimmune Life • Terri – Our Good Life
Leslie – Once Upon a Time & Happily Ever After

Lydia – Lydia’s Flexitarian Kitchen

An InLinkz Link-up

DIY Father’s Day Gift: #FollowYourArt

Note: As always, I share what I love & this post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post.

DIY Paint and Peel Tape Father’s Day Gift

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored

This week while I was browsing Facebook, I noticed Gymboree’s #FollowYourArt.  I immediately thought about how perfect it would be to share with you a quick and easy Father’s Day project as a way of showing you how our family gets creative.

Do you know why we love crafting?

  1. It gets my brain working
  2. It keeps my wild child entertained – he has soon much energy, I have to direct it somewhere!
  3. Stress reliever. I’m starting to think that it may not be cheaper than therapy when you add up all of the crafting I dabble in, but for the occasional DIYer it’s definitely cheaper than therapy ;)

On to the good stuff!!  Do you want a quick and easy DIY Father’s Day gift? I am always wracking my brain for Father’s Day gift ideas and this is one of my favorites.  You can repeat it year after year and it never gets old! (Trust me, the hubs has an entire wall in his office devoted to every father’s day card we’ve made and canvases we have painted).


  • Painter’s Tape or cuttable Vinyl
  • Scissors or Silhouette E-machine
  • Canvas
  • Paint brushes or foam brushes
  • Acrylic paint
  • Paper plates

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored


  1. Use Silhouette to cut vinyl to say #1 DAD. Apply to canvas.  OR use painter’s tape to tape #1 DAD to blank canvas.
  2. Put paint blobs on paper plate.
  3. Let wild child cover the entire canvas with whichever colors they choose. (I know, sometimes it pains me that all the colors run together and make brown, but you gotta let them do what they do).
  4. Slowly peel off tape or vinyl to reveal the #1 DAD on canvas.
  5. Tie a huge ribbon bow and gift to your kids’ favorite dad!

DIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsoredDIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsoredDIY Father's Day Gift canvas painting. Get creative with your family #followyourart #gymboree #sponsored

In a world full of people, let your kids be Superhero’s for their Dads. 

I want to see what you make!  Share your pics in the comments and make sure to tag your photos of how your family get’s creative on social media with #followyourart for a chance to win a $50 Gymboree gift card.

About Gymboree: for over 30 years, Gymboree has been dressing kids from newborn to 12 years old by offering colorful, clothing and accessories from sweaters to rompers to sock and hats. Whether for playtime or family photos, you’ll find fully coordinated outfits for all your little ones.

And as an added bonus for my crafty friends here, you can enjoy up to 60% off over at the Gymboree.  You can’t beat the deals!! SHOP NOW BEFORE YOU MISS IT!





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DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Fall DIY Love

Fall has arrived!  I am so glad that cooler days are among us. It’s almost Thanksgiving and that means wine; lots of wine.  My favorite hostess gift for all of our Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving festivities is a Trader Joe’s flower bunch and a nice bottle of red wine with a handmade wine bottle tag.  It says- thanks, you are special and worth the time to create a little something extra.

This DIY wine bottle tag is no exception. Its easy, but exceptional. The supplies are listed at the end of this post.  Below are the dimensions and directions.


  1. Cut thick White card stock to 3″ x 7.5″.  Score at 3″ from top.  Fold score line.
  2. Punch 2″ circle in middle of small scored top section to make bottle neck hole.
  3. With scrap paper underneath, in the darkest color, Fresh Fig, ink and stamp 3-4 flowers making sure that parts of the sunflowers are extending off of the tag. Clean stamp and repeat in Berry Burst, clean and repeat in Crushed Curry ink.
  4. Using the flower center, stamp Crumb Cake interiors to each flower. Precision not required.
  5. Cut a piece of Berry Burst card stock to 1″ x 3″.  Stamp “the best wines” from Half Full stamp set in Versamark. Cover with Copper embossing powder, tap off excess and heat with tool until shiny. Let dry for 30 seconds.
  6. Cut 4″ Curry ribbon and scrunch and adhere to the back of 1″ Berry Burst embossed piece.  Adhere Berry Burst saying to the tag front with 4 dimensionals for added depth.
  7. Add a few faceted gold gems, hang around a bottle of your favorite red or white.
  8. Gift and enjoy!

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag

Do you love it?  If you make a wine tag of your own, PLEASE PLEASE email me a picture! I love to see what you create with my DIY tutorials.


DIY Fall Wine Bottle Tag from, Sunflowers, Painted Harvest, Wine Tag


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