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.

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

BEFORE

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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 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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DIY Rope Rainbow

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The seventies have really snuck up on us with this rainbow trend I’ve been seeing all over the internet, Pinterest, and even at Target. I don’t know about you, but I love it. Especially for my little boy’s nursery I’ve been busy working on. I saw some cute fiber rainbows for sale on Etsy, but I decided I had time to make one for myself, so I’d like to share my process with you all.


— M A T E R I A L S —

  1. A minimum of 6mm Macrame cording/rope

  2. Some type of wire. I used copper 2 mm wire because it was nice and sturdy, but still easy to work with

  3. Yarn in various colors. I purchased 5 small spools from Michael’s in various colors

  4. Scissors

  5. (Optional) Comb to brush your fringe


— S T E P S —

  1. Cut your cord to an appropriate length to shape the largest part of your rainbow

  2. Wrap a length of wire around your cord leaving out a few inches on either end for the fringe

  3. Wrap your first length of yarn around your rope, covering the wire completely and leaving a few inches out on either end.

  4. Shape your rope into an arch or rainbow shape.

  5. Repeat steps 1-3 four times, fitting each length of rope inside the last one.

  6. Sew all 5 length of rope together.

  7. Tie an overhand knot on each end.

  8. Trim your ends to ensure they’re nice and even.

  9. Brush out your fringe.

  10. Hang it somewhere pretty!


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For a full, in depth video tutorial on this project, check out mine below.

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 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!

24 Hours in Washington, DC

I'm lucky to live so close to our nation's capital, but I just don't make it up very often. Maybe it's because every single field trip in high school was to DC, so I might be a little burnt out over the yearly visits to see the Washington Monument again. But with my best friend, Ashley moving soon and her not having spent much time in the district, we decided to plan a weekend up there romping around some of the monuments and museums with our husbands. They won't be a three hour drive from it much longer!

I found the cutest and most convenient Airbnb for the four of us to rent. It even had a name! The "Let There Be Light Carriage House" in Capitol Hill was secluded, clean, and modern. The only drawback was sharing one bathroom between four people, but we are all polite and figured it out pretty quickly.

There's even a macrame wall hanging in the living room! How perfect is that?

There's even a macrame wall hanging in the living room! How perfect is that?

The kitchen was amazing and for just a moment made me question whether my opinion on gold and brass fixtures is completely wrong.

The kitchen was amazing and for just a moment made me question whether my opinion on gold and brass fixtures is completely wrong.

This is what bathroom dreams are made of. Am I right? Even the exposed plumbing is attractive to me.

This is what bathroom dreams are made of. Am I right? Even the exposed plumbing is attractive to me.

We were in a great area of town, just a block back from the very hip and happening H Street Corridor. I felt safe parking my car out front for the three evenings we were staying and we used the metro system along with Uber to get around. The closest metro station was Union Station, about a twenty minute walk through a gorgeous neighborhood with lots of coffee shops, markets and interesting architecture.

After the long drive up, we settled in early, but not before a bite to eat. The H Street Country Club was a short walk from our Airbnb with Mexican fair and plenty of entertainment. Skeeball and shuffleboard were our go-to games, but the place has a 9-hole mini golf course and a giant Jenga.

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The next morning we decided to do set out for some monuments and museums. But first, coffee. 

On the way to Union Station from our lovely Airbnb, on the corner of F Street and 2nd Street was one of the best coffee shops I've been to in my life! That's a bold statement.

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But seriously, Ebenezers Coffeehouse was one of those places you wish you had the pleasure of spending time in every morning before work. If I had a place like this close to my house I'd definitely get up an hour early so I could hang out there at the start of my day. The coffee was delicious! The latte recipes hand drawn on the menu board were creative and tasted even better than they sounded. It happened to be Ashley's birthday weekend, so she ordered the birthday cake latte (iced) and taking a sip was every bit of frosting, cake, I think I even tasted the sprinkles... and coffee of course. So good! Other unique latte choices included a Vanilla Rose Latte and Spiced Brown Sugar Latte. Because I'm watching my carbs I opted for their house made sugar free vanilla latte and I added almond milk as well. So good! No chemical artificial sugar taste here! Heaven in a plastic cup.

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Clearly we had a bit of fun hanging out in here. Although I'm not sure where the sticker on my husband's face came from.

Clearly we had a bit of fun hanging out in here. Although I'm not sure where the sticker on my husband's face came from.

Union Station is pretty amazing in and of itself. It's a gorgeous building and there's plenty of shopping to do to pass the time if you're waiting to catch the Amtrak. Even if you're just passing through to catch the metro there may be something to tempt you. Personally, we got held up by the H&M and the Shake Shack. If you didn't know, Shake Shack is everything. And we don't have one in Virginia Beach, so we had to indulge.

Gorgeous Union Station

Gorgeous Union Station

Ashley exiting the Metro at Smithsonian

Ashley exiting the Metro at Smithsonian

Sometimes I watch the news, and unfortunately sometimes I go months without paying attention to what's going on around me. It's one thing I want to work on. But what I've missed on my news checking hiatus was that we were in DC the same weekend as the "Gun March." It was an interesting day to be in our Nation's Capital. While I won't share my opinions on the subject, I will tell you what we saw.

From the distance between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial, about a 30 minute walk if you stop and take in the WWII Monument and the Reflecting pool, we saw dozens of teenagers and their parents with handmade signs, sharing their passions and opinions on what's been happening in our schools. There was a young man strapped with two samurai swords and a sign on his chest that read "F*CK GUNS, SWORDS ARE COOLER." That was a little scary.

View from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

View from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

From here we wanted to visit the Spy Museum, but it was about a 30 minute walk, so we decided to save some time and call an Uber. What an experience. We had no idea the streets between here and the Spy Museum would be flooded with children, teenagers, and so many others who are passionate about changing our current gun safety laws. The drive should have taken 7 minutes, but actually took all of the 30 minutes we were trying to save. It was invigorating to see so  many people taking a stand on something they believe in. But we were shocked by how many people there were on the streets. We actually exited our Uber early and pushed our way through the crowd because we realized it would be quicker. 

We stopped at a poke shop, Poki DC on the way to the museum and it was amazing! No exaggerations here, it was the best poke I've had (and I've been to Maui, so that's saying something!) The coolest part is that the shop is set up sort of like a Chipotle. You get to pick all of your toppings and they assemble the bowls for you. I was especially pleased that I had the option of choosing zucchini noodles instead of rice as my base!

via PokiDC's instagram

via PokiDC's instagram

The International Spy Museum was the only museum I personally had not yet visited. It is one of the only museums in the district that requires a fee to visit, which is probably why I've avoided it. Not that I'm cheap by any means, but with so many free museums in the area, it's hard to choose one you have to pay for. But I have to be honest, it wasn't my favorite. I'm not extremely interested in espionage and the history thereof, so I'm going to blame it on that because the museum itself is amazing. The setup, themes, and amount of true artifacts were all impressive. If you are interested in the history of war spies, espionage and the tools used, you will love this museum.

Two years ago, I was in the district with my husband before we were married, attending a wedding. My husband was an usher in the wedding and was included on all of the groomsmen activities. One of them was drinks at POV at The W between the ceremony and the reception. I was not included, but my husband told me about this place and I was extremely envious! It sounded like such a cool bar. So when Ashley said she wanted to go out for drinks on our last night in the district, I immediately thought of this place. POV is a rooftop bar in DC. It overlooks the Washington Monument, the White House and several other landmarks in the surrounding area. It's a gorgeous and very swanky bar! It's pricey, but worth a stop if you're in the area and looking for incredible views. We came here pretty late in the evening, about 10 pm and the club vibes were in full effect, but I have to imagine the sunset from here is incredible and it's probably a great place for locals to stop and have an after work drink.

There's so much to do in this amazing city, but we only had a small amount of time, so our trip was short. We simply aren't ones to rush around, keeping an agenda when we travel. Better to relax, take in the views and enjoy every step and bite.

We drove back home the next morning, but not without stopping in at Ebenezer's for one last latte.

If you've visited Washington, DC recently please leave a comment and tell me your favorite places to see and eat at so that I can include them in my next trip up!