shiplap boy's bathroom reveal

Thursday, June 25, 2015

I started in on the kids' bathrooms back in February.  Shiplap was the name of the game.  I'm convinced there isn't much that a little shiplap can't fix.  Amiright?!  While I had that part knocked out in a week for both bathrooms, it took me forever to get around to doing the little stuff like adding knobs.  Today I wanted to share with you guys Sam's bathroom!

Before I share the rest of the photos I want to show you where this bathroom began.  Plain 'ol builder's bath.  Nothing wrong with it.  It was brand new and clean, but boooooriiiiing.

I wanted to give it some character and not spend a bunch of money.  To do so I added shiplap to the bottom 2/3rds of the walls.  It changed everything!  I then salvaged the builder's mirror, framed it out with 1x2's, and stained it grey.  Lighting and fixtures stayed the same.  Everything else was just adding accessories.  The wall color even stayed the same, it's just hard to tell since the before photos were at night with the lights on.  

I took the towel bar down from over the toilet (those always make me crazy over a toilet), and in the reflection of the mirror you can see his new towel hook.  A rhino head I had bought a while ago and never did anything with.  Here's to hoarding animal heads!

These cup pulls were another purchase I had made years ago, but never had a home for until now.

Ok. so public service announcement time.  You've heard people talk about how important it is to hang your window curtains higher, well the same goes for shower curtains.  In this first before and after you can see what a huge difference it makes.  The room looks so much taller now.  The chevron shower curtain was a repurpose of Sam's old window curtains I had made for his nursery.  You can see how I made the print here.


There are a ton of tutorials on DIY shiplap and a ton of different materials you can use to get the look.  I didn't use a particular tutorial, but I did search them all out to see what types of materials people were using.  

Material: I decided to go with a thin 5mm sanded plywood.  For two bathrooms (I also did the same in Izzy's larger bathroom) I used 5 panels.  Each panel measured 48"x96" and was under $14.  Score!  To save me from lugging out our table saw I had the folks at Lowes cut down my strips for me to 6".  HUGE time saver.  I also purchased some 1x2 pieces of pine to finish off the top of the shiplap.

Prep: What ever material you decide to use, make sure to measure out where your studs are so you can be sure you're nailing into them as you go.  I recommend using a stud finder because sometimes those things aren't spaced out evenly.  Shocking I know (grumbling to myself about our builder).  

Spacing: A nickel was the perfect spacer for the look I was after.  Grab a few of those because they'll go flying or missing and you'll want extras laying close by.

Starting Point: As far as where to start, top down or bottom up, I did neither ;D I wanted to make as few strange cuts or notches as possible so I started my first board on top of the sink back splash and worked my way up and then back down.

Outlets: Since your wall will be thicker where the shiplap is placed, your outlets will need to be pulled out further so the cover plates will fit correctly.  I failed to get a photo of it but you can find outlet spacers to solve that problem at a home improvement store.

Cost: All in I don't even think this complete makeover cost $75.  That's with primer, paint and accessories.  Not bad at all!

SOURCES: wall color - PPG Palamino Grey . shiplap color - PPG White Chip . DIY chevron print curtain . lights . cup pulls (Hobby Lobby clearance) . black knobs . owl print . rhino head as towel hook (Homegoods) . soap dispenser (Homegoods) . striped bath towel (TJMaxx) . grey hand towel . wood bowlwood panels for shiplap


DIY built in washer + dryer

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I've been meaning to share with you guys how I built in the washer and dryer for a few weeks now.  Summer is good for many things.  Being a productive blogger it is not.  I don't know if I should call this project a built in washer and dryer or a washer and dryer folding table.  I guess it's both.

This has been such an awesome addition to our laundry room makeover.  One of my constant battles with doing laundry was having something rattle off the top of the machines and fall into the abyss on the sides, in between, or behind.  Yes, I could have not put things on top, but it was my catch all and that's just the way it was.  I also had problems with the pedestal Mike and I built several years back.  While it was easier pulling things out of the machines while they were raised, I couldn't lean over them to get to the cabinet above without pulling out a step stool.  And I'm not short.  So to the curb the pedestal went and I've never been happier!

Since every laundry room is different and the heights of machines vary, I'll just tell you guys the sizes of wood pieces I used to build mine but will spare you measurements.


  • 2x2's for supports
  • 1x6's for front side facings (can use smaller or wider pieces depending on your needs)
  • 1x2 for front top facing
  • Pine panels for table top
  • large L bracket (may not need, explained below)
  • wood glue
  • wood screws
  • finishing nails (I used a nail gun)
  • level
STEP ONE:  Attach your 2x2 support pieces to the wall.  Two pieces (one for each side) will go horizontally on the sides to hold the table top and two pieces (one for each side) will go vertically so the side facing will have something to attach to.  Screw them into studs or use anchors if you don't meet up with studs.  Make sure you are level!

STEP TWO:  Attach your 1x6 (or smaller/larger depending on your needs) facing pieces to the front side supports with wood glue and finishing nails.  You'll notice at the bottom of my piece I had to notch out an area to accommodate the baseboard.  This was later filled in with wood putty, sanded, and caulked.

STEP THREE:  Attach the 1x2 across the top of the side facing pieces with wood glue and finishing nails.  If needed, you can also attach another support piece to the back wall to support the table top.  You'll notice my back support sits up higher than the side supports.  This is to support a removable shelf I made to hide the hook ups.  If you're outlets and hookups sit below where your top table piece will hit, then you won't need this to be placed higher.  It will sit at the same height as your side supports.

STEP FOUR:  Depending on your situation, you may not need this step.  Since I was unable to have the top of my table rest on the back wall support (due to the hookups and electrical being placed high) I added a large L bracket I found at the home improvement store's closet department.  I attached it to the back of the wall into studs so that it would support the center of the table top.

STEP FIVE:  Attach the table top.  I used two pine panels for my table top.  One piece remained 20" deep and the second was cut down to 6" deep to fill in the space towards the back of the wall.  The 20" deep piece was glued and nailed into place up front with a 1" overhang.  The shallow 6" deep piece was placed but left unattached so that it could be removed to access electrical and hookups. 

I realized after the fact that I didn't take photos of the smaller unattached back piece at this point so disregard the finished state ;)  Here it is without the back piece.

And with the unattached 6" deep back piece.  It is supported mostly by the back L bracket and then also the side supports.

STEP SIX:  To hide the hook ups and electrical outlets I made a T-shaped ledge out of the remaining panel.  It is also not attached to the wall so that it can be removed if need be.  The top of the ledge sits on top of the support piece on the back wall.

This gif shows how the unattached pieces come together.

STEP SEVEN:  Finishing work!  Fill holes with wood filler, sand it all down, caulk the side pieces where it meets with the walls and floor to give it a finished built in look, and then paint and stain.

Now you can rejoice in no more socks getting lost between the cracks!  And, you've just gained a huge amount of counter space to fold laundry on.  Or stash more junk.  I don't judge.

Click here to see full source list and more of the laundry room reveal!


a cool model home

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

There are houses going up at a crazy pace all around us in our neighborhood.  They've just opened up a new section and I've been eyeing the new model homes when I drive past taking Izzy to school.  We had our cabinet guy over finishing up our kitchen last week and he told me I absolutely must go check out one house in particular.  He had put in the cabinetry in the model and said it was unlike any other model in the area.  I headed over the next day and yes, as soon as you walked in it was totally different, so I thought I'd share!  I didn't come prepared with a regular camera, just my phone that was operating off of less than 10% battery (why is that always the case when you see something cool you want to photo?!!!), so the photos were quick and blurry, but you can still get the idea.

The house is built by Ashton Woods.

The stairway was gorgeous, but my favorite part of the entry were these twin chandeliers (another was directly over my head).

The living room which opened up to the eat-in kitchen.  Wasn't crazy about the mirror, but loved the molding on the walls.

The kitchen cabinet uppers were unique with the cases being white and the doors a deep charcoal.

Loved the backsplash running the entire length and height of the wall in the eat-in portion. 

More gorgeous tile filling up an entire wall in the powder room.  The mirror was pulled away from the wall so it could be lit from behind, which looked amazing with this tile.  

The master ceiling looked much better in person.

The master bath walls and floors were entirely covered in marble.

A guest room with a focal wall of molding.  This will need to happen in our master.  Simple, easy, but a lot of impact.

A plain builder grade mirror was tiled around in the bathroom.  Another easy way to update a plain bathroom! 

All of the interior doors were deep charcoal with pretty levered handles.

Gorgeous big pavers in the backyard.  I've always loved this look.  I think it needed more shaded areas though.  The back faces west so they're gonna be baking in the summer Texas sun.

Do you see that building in the distance beyond the lake?  That's our new HEB they're putting in.  I cannot wait for that bad boy to open!  The World's Best tortillas are made in that store.  No joke.  


  •  Don't forget the walls - Molding or tile was covering a lot of the walls in this house and made a huge visual impact.
  • Think outside the cabinet box - We've all seen kitchens mix up the color of their cabinetry (separate colored island, separate colored uppers and lowers), but the deep charcoal doors on the white upper cases was different, awesome, and totally grabbed your attention.  Kind of like eyeliner for your cabinets.
  • Contrast - Charcoal interior doors with white surrounds, the black ceiling in the entry, master ceiling, bathroom vanities, kitchen cabinets, and even the backyard pavers.  It all makes me so happy!

So after I walked through this house I stopped by the model next door.  It was a gorgeous house, but it felt so underwhelming and blah after seeing this house.  Whomp, whomp, whomp.  I felt bad for them.  Izzy was with me and said, "Why didn't they make this one cool?" :D


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