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

Best of 2019 IKEA Catalog

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from
It’s here! The 2019 IKEA Catalog has launched and there are a ton of amazing new products in store. I grabbed a hard copy and began making a wish list. If you’ve been around for a while you will have seen my style shifting from an overcrowded colonial house to a white, uncluttered Scandinavian style. I’ve been adding IKEA pieces because they are durable, clean lines and cost efficient. 

This new catalog is no disappointment. From modern styled furniture to decor to small trinkets, it is packet with well designed pieces that I can’t wait to incorporate into our house. 

I’ll share a few snapshots of catalog layouts that display the pieces really well. (All the photos will be from the 2019 IKEA Catalog). Let’s start with new textiles. I LOVE the swatches of pink and gold on pillow covers, throws and sofas.

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from StampinFool.comBest of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

Another stylistic addition is a french country look in the LIATORP bookcase line with a dark green color board and batten. The black INGATRORP round table can be incorporated into a shabby chic or french country kitchen as well when paired with the perfect wire baskets and distressed accessories. Both of these pieces would blend well into your farmhouse kitchen. 

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

One of my favorite things to source are couches and these hit the spot. Can you beat that bold pattern? I love the pink paired with Navy!! And that Navy velvet Stockholm sofa would look amazing in my living room. 

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

Another common need is organization and wall decor. The mini desk organizer has been painted in shades of pink. RIBBA white frames are always the perfect decor touch that you can fill with your favorite print or rotate your children’s artwork.

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

Last, but certainly not least, I fell for the new Kids Room decor and furniture. The teal color is amazing! That palm leaf rug is the perfect pop of color!

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

Are you ready to see my favorite 2019 IKEA Catalog products? I’ve picked 25 favorites for you:

Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from

ELDTÖREL cushion cover rose | SKÄGGÖRT cushion cover gold dot | SNIDAD basket | FÄRLÖV Armchair | STOCKSUND Sofa | KLIPPAN Loveseat | BESTÅ green doors | AVSIKTLIG Rug | DUKTIG Play kitchen | URSKOG Rug | STUVA / FRITIDS6 chest | BJÖRKSTA tree picture | KRISTALLER chandelier | BOLLEBYGD display box | FOTO pendant lamp | LIATORP bookcase | MÅLARNA chalkboard | FJANTIG chair hook | INGATORP round table | EGENTLIG french press | SOCKER greenhouse | HINDÖ shelf | ÖVERSIKT dotted glasses | FJÄDERKLINT curtains | MINNEN bed frame


What do you think of my top 25 picks from the 2019 IKEA Catalog? Do you love the new color additions as much as I do? Do you have any IKEA furniture or accessories in your house? 



Best of the 2019 IKEA Catalog and the top 25 products from




DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint

Hello all! I wanted to drop a quick line today to let you in on an awesome project I am working on. I’ve decided to paint our kitchen table a navy blue with General Finishes paint.

If you’re on Instagram, you can head over and see the live videos all day of what I’m using, how to prep your furniture and how to apply the paint. Live videos are only available today so make sure you check it out!

I ran out to the store at 10:00 am when they opened to grab Klein Blue and Lamp Black paint. I will be mixing a little black into the blue to darken the color to navy. GF has a Coastal Blue, but it didn’t quite hit the spot for me.

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint


  • General Finishes Klein Blue milk paint
  • GF Lamp Black milk paint
  • Paint stirrer
  • 3″ paint brush
  • Sandpaper 150 and 220
  • Cleaning cloth
  • Razor blade for getting crud off table
  • Furniture

I’ll leave you with a few pictures. I will definitely be back with a full tutorial for you!! Happy DIY!

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes PaintI’ll go ahead and bare it all and show you the before. It’s your run of the mill Walmart kitchen or college dorm table with four chairs. You can find them a dime a dozen at yard sales because literally everyone has them. It’s dated looking, the kids have colored on it, painted on it, stamped my old notary seal, sharpie, Crazy glue blobs, spaghetti fingerprints that are now engrained, but it’s a solid piece.

{ if you are looking to buy one new, Walmart has a Better Homes and Gardens table almost identical for under $100. You can update the oak with any paint color of your choice.}

You will fully prep the table by scraping any gunk (I LOVE a pampered chef stoneware scraper. It’s a little inexpensive plastic gadget that really gets the kid gunk off without cutting the table). Sand any glue or bumps off the table and give the surface a light 220 sand with the grain. Wipe is clean with a microfiber cloth.

To start painting, stir your paint cans with a paint stirrer. You can mix a custom color in a disposable paint bucket liner. I started with 10:1 mixture but it was too blue. I added more black to the mixture to approx 3/4 Klein blue, 1/4 Lamp Black.

In order to keep brush strokes consistent, start with the outer edge and work around the entire table painting the lip first in ONE DIRECTION. Try to avoid backtracking too much as it will drag the paint. This paint self levels really wall so if you use even coats the strokes will disappear.

For the top, start at one end and paint with the grain to the other end, making sure to only paint in one direction not back and forth.

Coat one is on the table. I went with a thin coat this time for a faster drying time (recoat time) and I’ll do a thicker coat on round two.

It will be dry to the touch in about 30 minutes with full dry recoat time being about two hours. Crank up the air conditioning to speed up the time. It helps in really humid or hot climates.

Below you can see gaps in the color which is perfectly normal with your base coat. One you apply another coat or two they will disappear.

Are you ready to see coat two?!? It looks amazing y’all. It’s a deep, dark smooth finish.

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint

Here’s the finished table. Are you as in love as I am? I am so happy I went with Navy. It’s the perfect color to make the table pop and the white look bright and fresh!

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint

To protect the table while it cures (about a week after the hard coat) I scored these perfect Kate Spade placemats from Home Goods. I found the blue Painted Gingham and my son spotted the bright Prospect Park print under a stack of other mats. He shouted Mom, these are perfect and I have to agree; they really add he perfect amount of color to the breakfast nook.

Which set would you use in on your table and which looks best on mine?! Drop your answer in the comments and help me decide!!

DIY Table Makeover Using General Finishes Paint





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