DIY Budget Bathroom Makeover with Beyond Paint

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I have been itching to makeover my master bathroom for quite some time and while I would have loved to have ripped out everything and do a total renovation, it’s just not a smart financial move for our family right now. I imagine I am not the only person who has been in this position, which is why I have been really excited to complete this project and share it with you all so that you could see what a little paint and a little budget could do to transform a space.

First I want to show you what my bathroom looked like before. I didn’t even bother picking up before I photographed it because I wanted you guys to experience the room exactly as it was.

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Pretty sad, huh? Nothing about this bathroom was aesthetically pleasing. I think the spaces we spend our time in daily have a huge impression on our mood and this bathroom was doing absolutely nothing for mine.

I was really pleased when Beyond Paint reached out to me to partner up on this project because I’ve worked with paints before that don't require sanding, stripping or priming and I’d heard good things about Beyond Paint already. I was pleased to discover there are a lot of benefits to using Beyond Paint.

  1. Beyond Paint bonds to almost any surface including wood, wood that’s been painted, laminate, tile, glass, metal, plastic, masonry, and linoleum.

  2. It has a low VOC, almost no odor and it was safe to paint in the house with my child and dog, Darla.

  3. Prep is minimal. Like I said, there’s not sanding, stripping or priming. For my floors I swept really well, cleaned them with Simple Green to remove any residue and I was able to begin painting.

  4. It requires no mixing! This, surprisingly, was one of my favorite features of Beyond Paint. With a 3 month old I was able to walk away from my project and pick it back up in a matter of seconds.

  5. The consistency is very thick, almost pudding like, but it spreads so easily! The coverage with just one coat is amazing! 1 gallon covers 200 square feet.

  6. Beyond Paint comes in an array of beautiful colors and is UV resistant so you don’t have to worry about it fading in the sun. This is a huge plus for me as I was stenciling the floor with black paint and I have a window in the bathroom that shines consitently on the floor. I don’t have to worry about the black fading in that spot.

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Look at the coverage I got with just one coat! Three coats later I was truly satisfied. Beyond Paint’s white is the perfect white - not too stark, not too warm or too cool. In fact, it matched my baseboards perfectly so I just used it to touch those up while I was at it. I stenciled the floor using this stencil and Beyond Paint’s Licorice. Afterward I sealed it with two coats of Beyond Paint’s Multipurpose Sealer to protect it from water.

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I’m obsessed! Not only was I able to do this project myself, but I also saved a ton of money. Since I was painting the floors I took the opportunity to redecorate the entire bathroom. I ordered a jute rug from Rugs USA and I love the contrast between the warm tones in the rug and the black and white floor. I removed the giant builder’s grade mirror over the vanity and replaced it with some mirrors from Target that have shelves on them and I don’t know about you, but I love anything functional and fashionable at the same time. Some shelves from Hobby Lobby matched the mirrors pretty well and provided some extra storage and the lights are the same old lights, just spray painted black. A basket below the shelves adds storage for towels as well as a bohemian feel.

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I removed the nasty old shower doors and finally bought the shower curtain I’d been pining over for years from Anthropologie. I added a cute little bench next to the shower from Ikea along with some hooks for towels above it. The hardest area to decorate was my jacuzzi tub area , but I finally set on some hanging plants and I couldn’t be more pleased. If you’re into that look and want to make your own I have some plant hanger tutorials here and here.

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It’s amazing what a little paint and some plants can do to a room. My next project will be painting the vanity and adding some hardware to it. What do you guys think? What color would you choose? Check out Beyond Paint’s paint selection and leave me a comment, let me know.

For a full video tour, check out my bathroom tour on youtube below.

DIY Mudroom Bench

Every now and then I take a look around my house and find an eyesore. This one in particular was located at my daily entrance and exit, my mudroom. Admittedly, this has been bothering me for far too long. A picture fell down in there like 6 months ago and had been just propped up on its side against a wall. There were tons of shoes including boots we only wear in the dead of winter (it’s May, people!) and the bench that I had in there was just too small for the space (I actually moved it to our foyer and it looks so much better in an open space where it can be appreciated for the antique beauty that it is.)

I trekked out to IKEA to see if they had any good mudroom solutions, but came up empty handed. My husband and I decided I could totally make something custom to fit the space for way less than I would spend on something at IKEA anyway. So I went home and sketched something up and decided I would go to Home Depot that following morning while he stayed home with our son.

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I picked up a pair of 2x4’s (actually, I totally only got one and had to make a second trip back to purchase a second one, which is not easy to do with a 2 month old,) and two 1x8x8 boards. I cut the 1x8’s down to 86 inches a piece, which is close to the length of the mudroom. With the 2x4’s I created three rectangles for support. The rectangles were created using two 8 inch pieces and two 16 inch pieces. I arranged the rectangles equal distance apart and attached them to the 1x8’s. After everything was sanded down and smooth, I stained the bench with “special walnut” and sealed it with a satin polycrilic finish.

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Materials needed:

  1. Two 2x4’s

  2. Two 1x8x8 common boards

  3. 2 1/2 inch wood screws

  4. 2 inch wood screws

  5. Miter Saw

  6. Hand Sander / sanding block

  7. Wood stain

  8. Polycrilic finish

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For more detail and a visual representation of this project, check out my project vlog below where I take you along for the creation and execution of this fun and easy project,.

DIY Tassel Macrame Chandelier

I recently had my first child and of course I prepared a nursery for him. You can check out my blog post about that here. Whenever I’m decorating (or often redecorating) a room I usually scan Pinterest for ideas. A lot of my nursery decor was inspired by regular bedroom set ups. I wanted my nursery to flow with the rest of my house and not necessarily look like a baby’s room. When it came to picking a pendant light, because there wasn’t one in this room previously, I was inspired by one I saw on the Anthropologie website, here. The price tag for this thing was hefty and while I was willing to splurge on certain items, a light was not one of them. So I decided to try my hand at making one and it worked out!

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Below are the steps I took to achieve this, but if you’d like a more in depth view of the process, please check out my youtube tutorial below.

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Macrame Hanging Lights

Recently I decided to give my entire living room an overhaul. The works - crown moulding, paint, and new decor. One of the items I decided to incorporate were some macrame hanging lights.

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These are a bit time consuming to make because they are 20 feet long, but they are extremely simple! I used the same half square knot repeatedly to create a spiral design down the length of the cord and I love how they turned out. I hung these in a corner over a big comfy leather chair of ours and they add an unexpected unique sense of warmth and texture.

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The materials I used for this project are as listed.

  1. 1/8” Cotton Cord - I order mine from the Knot and Rope Supply Company. You can find the exact cord I used here.

  2. Vintage Style Light Bulbs - Home Depot carries some inexpensive options that are quite large.

  3. Hot Glue Gun and Hot Glue - I found mine at Hobby Lobby, but any craft store will carry this as well as Amazon.

  4. 20’ Pendant Light Cord - This was a two cord set and a great deal on Amazon.

A full tutorial for this project is available from my Youtube Channel below.

DIY Nightstand Project

When my husband and I started planning our pregnancy it felt like we had plenty of time to accomplish the things we wanted to with our home, especially since the baby cooks for about 9 months. Now that we are halfway through this pregnancy and have nothing done, we realize we were very wrong!

So a few weeks ago I was making a list of all the things I want to accomplish before our sweet baby boy arrives this February and at the top was buying new nightstands for our bedroom. We’ve never had matching nightstands in there. In fact, we’ve never had nightstands. We’ve always used some random side tables and at one point I had a mini ladder on my side of the bed to hold my water at night. So I’d say it’s about time we get it together in there.

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I started shopping online and everything looked short or was way over priced. So of course my next thought was, I can make night stands! So I got on pinterest and saw some projects others had done and decided to come up with my own.

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I measured the space and designed a nightstand that is simple, modern, and open with hairpin legs I purchased on Amazon. Check out my video tutorial (vlog style) below for full details on how I made these matching nightstands.

Restoration Hardware Knock Off Extra Long Outdoor Couch

Last fall as the weather turned crisp and my husband and I were bringing our plants indoors, we took a look around our second floor balcony and decided something needed to change out there. We love spending time outside when the weather is nice, but because we don't have a yard, we find ourselves on our balcony quite often. We decorate it with potted plants and hanging lights, and we love to drink morning coffee out there or have charcuterie and wine when the mood strikes. But the furniture we had just wasn't comfortable. I tried rearranging it a few times to make what we had work, but the four top bistro style table, loveseat and coffee table just felt bulky and crowded. It also wasn't very comfortable. The Iron and cheap plastic-like mesh material it was constructed out of didn't speak much of comfort. We realized we loved the space but hated the furniture. So we agreed that when spring came around we would invest in new outdoor furniture.

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We took a trip to Denver, Colorado some time after and visited the largest Restoration Hardware store either of us had ever been to. This place was 4 levels of showrooms and a rooftop garden area that displayed all of their outdoor furniture. We are big fans of Restoration Hardware and both see the value in their furniture. Most things come with a hefty price tag, but everything is well built and lasts a long time. We've purchased several items from them and have been absolutely pleased with every piece. And while their outdoor furniture is extremely tasteful, I just couldn't get on board with the cost for something that would sit outside in the elements like an outdoor couch would. So to the internet I went!

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First I decided to look at some sites I knew retailed furniture for much less. I found some similar items on Amazon, Overstock, Ikea, and Wayfair, but I was still looking at spending at least $1,000.00. Not only that, but I realized these couches were sort of short in length compared to what we wanted. I envisioned an extra long couch that would sit up against the house and face the beautiful lake and fountain in front of our home. I wanted it to be something my husband and I could both lay on together and would also seat more than two or three people at a time. Most of the couches I was finding were only 72 to 76 inches long. When I measured the space I was looking to fill on my balcony I knew I wanted something at least 96 inches long, if not longer!

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After I exhausted all of the more inexpensive sites I knew of, I got an idea that maybe we could build something ourselves. On Pinterest I found some examples where pallets were stacked beneath cushions to create comfy little outdoor spaces, but I wanted something a little less boho and a little more sturdy. What I finally came across was a video by Ana White on the Ryobi Nation website where she built a very simple outdoor couch with only 2x4s. The only catch was the length was shorter than what I wanted. The site offered some project plans with measurements that I printed, did the math, and modified to work for our space.

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I found some great cushions on the Ikea website that I wanted to order, so I modified the plans to fit these cushions which worked out great. They're 24"x24", which is a pretty standard size, so if I ever needed to replace them I shouldn't have trouble. And the back cushions worked great as well for the couch. I spent a mere $160.00 on all four sets of cushions, with the back cushions included.

In my youtube video below, I explain the difference between the original plans by Ana White and my modified ones. I also show you exactly how I made my outdoor couch,  so check that out if you're interested.

Please leave a comment if this inspires you to redo your outdoor space!

DIY Extra Long Macrame Plant Hanger

If you've been on Pinterest or Instagram lately, you've probably noticed the plethora of hanging plants in people’s homes. This is not a new trend as people were hanging their plants long before Pinterest ever came along. And macrame was widely popular in the 70s but I was surprised to find out that it actually dates back as far as the Victorian era. I love seeing the two hand in hand, growing popularity again. Macrame plant hangers much easier to make than they appear. And if you’re into macrame or want to learn, there’s a ton of resources out there that are free. I actually have a few macrame basic knot tutorials on my channel and even a couple plant hanger tutorials which I will link below. But first, I want to show off a couple of the plant hangers I made that are currently hanging in my home.

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This hanger is longer than the typical, hanging at at 40 inches without a plant in it. If you make your own plant hanger from this project, please comment and post a picture!

Painted Linoleum Floors

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I'm not complaining when I say this, but I don't know what to do with the space in this house. I told my husband the other night that I would be excited to sell it one day and move into a smaller one. He looked at me like I was crazy. I was then informed that he had always dreamed of an even bigger home! Currently, our home is about 3,000 square feet. And to me, that is HUGE! I grew up in a three bedroom ranch where we stacked a working tv on top of a broken tv, my dresser was at one point crafted out of an old amp box, and most of what we had was found, thrifted or handed down. I always just sort of worked with what I had, which wasn't much. Trying to fill the space of this house is so foreign to me and because of my roots, I'm not quick to go out and spend a ton of money doing it. I'm slowly working my way through our home, room by room filling it with things we love and tweaking it here and there, but my thriftiness has not dissipated much! 

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Most recently I decided to tackle the mudroom. Between our garage and first floor living space is this tiny little room that we've sort of just been using as a makeshift storage space. It looked like crap to be honest, which is sad because it's literally the first room we walk into after a long day at work. And we just passed right through, leaving our shoes on and completely neglecting it. It should be used as an actual mudroom! It needed a pretty bench to sit and put our shoes on, a place to hang coats, and a place to store a wet umbrella. A real mudroom!

On Pinterest I was coming across pictures of mudrooms with gorgeous built-ins, coatracks and intricate shelving. Needless to say, I knew something was missing in our mudroom before it would ever resemble the beautiful ones I saw online, but I wasn't sure what it was.

And then I realized.

It was the floor.

Oh god, the floor! How could I have overlooked this major detail for so long?

I immediately did some research. Plenty of tutorials on painted tile, but not much on linoleum. I decided to take what I knew and run with it. And the results couldn't have been better!

For a full video tutorial on this project, click here.

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This project was extremely simple, especially for the small amount of space I was making over. I could have done this project from start to finish in one day. I did not because... LIFE. But even if you were doing this in a large space, it is still a simple project and will not take an overwhelming amount of time. It involves only a few steps and minimal supplies.

S U P P L I E S

  1. Hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper

  2. Broom/vaccuum

  3. Cleaner (Krud Kutter or Windex - both work.)

  4. Bullseye Zinsen 1-2-3 Primer (I used the color white.)

  5. Stencil (Mine is from Michael's and cost me $10.00) You can find them on Etsy as well.

  6. Painter's Tape

  7. Annie Sloan Chalk Paint (I used the color Graphite.)

  8. Foam roller, paint brush, paint tray

  9. Minwax Polycrilic Protective Finish (Make sure you get the crystal clear finish. I also got mine in a clear semi gloss finish.)

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S T E P S

  1. Sand your floor with your hand sander and 80 grit sandpaper. This step is optional, but I chose to sand my linoleum because I wanted to make sure the primer adhered as much as possible)

  2. Sweep your dust up and vacuum it. Make sure you remove as much as possible from the floors, walls and anywhere else it has landed. You don't want it falling into your paint later.

  3. Clean the floor with Krud Kutter, Windex, or any other cleaner/degreaser.

  4. Paint your floor. I used a roller and a paint brush to cut the edges. The Bullseye Zinsser 1-2-3 Primer has a varnish in it and dries fairly quickly, about 1 hour between coats. I did 3 coats on my floor.

  5. Stencil your floor. I used the painters tape to secure the stencil and Annie Sloan's Chalk Paint in graphite. The linoleum has perforated squares and I made sure to choose a stencil that fit perfectly inside the squares. It was easy to keep my pattern and to move quickly through this process because of that. I also used an Annie Sloan foam roller and tray to roll the paint out directly onto the stencil. Be sure not to use too much pressure during this step as the paint will bleed under the stencil and look splotchy when you remove it.

  6. Seal your floor. The Minwax Polycrilic Protective finish needs about two hours dry time and I rolled out two coats.

 

Shoutout to Delightful Digs in Virginia Beach for being a wonderful, helpful and friendly Annie Sloan supplier. The girls who work in this gorgeous store are always full of tips and tricks and they're always excited to hear about what project I'm doing next. If you're in the Virginia Beach area, check out the store. It has the cutest gifts, jewelry, and house decor.

If you plan to do this project somewhere in your home, give me a shout, leave me a comment, or send me a photo of the result on instagram @bellandcotton.

My Shiplap Walls - What I Wish I Knew Before I Started

I love my shiplap walls, so I'm not saying I regret doing them, but goodness I wish I knew more about this project before I started it.

Bloggers and YouTubers don't always show every single step in a project and they certainly don't always talk about how long a project takes. Often they film a project and then speed it up later when editing it, so what you see is a time lapse version of the project making it look super quick and easy. It's such an illusion!

In this video I'm talking about how long my recent shiplap project actually took, how much money it cost ($755.00,) and all of the speed bumps we went over during it.

Check out my video below for a full rant on my shiplap walls! And if you haven't seen my full tutorial for this project, check it out here.

xo Megan

How We Installed Shiplap

After watching video after video and reading blog post after blog post of how people are installing the "fixer upper" shiplap look into their homes, I decided to try it for myself. I am absolutely blown away with the results, but it certainly didn't happen without a few bumps in the road. Below is my full tutorial on this process and the complications my husband and I ran into during this project.