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Our Girls Bathroom Before and After + Mood Board

Disclosure: I received paint from Sherwin-Williams as compensation for the post. All views and opinions expressed in the post are my own and no other compensation was provided.

A few weeks ago I showed you our bathroom before pictures and some of the paint colors I chose for our bathroom remodel. We are DONE and I am ready to show you the reveal! It’s a night and day difference and I love being able to check a project like this off of our list. Another look at the befores…

bathroom before

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bathroom closet before

And the AFTER…

Girls bathroom after - Favorite Paint Colors

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Framed mirror paint color

To add a pop of color and finish off the mirror we framed it and painted it a very similar match to the shower curtain, rug, and towel – it’s called Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams. I love it and it turned out to be the perfect color. The lighting was really tricky to grab a good picture, but it looks a million times better than the original.

Girls bathroom shelving above toilet

The shower was the most time intensive part. My husband was up a few nights until 2 in the morning trying to finish it, we had family coming in and wanted to get it done before they arrived. It took A LOT longerthan we anticipated but I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

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And for our closet we removed all of the old shelving, painted it the same color as the walls, grabbed some leftover boards from our built-ins and made shelves. I love having an organized closet and know where everything is.

Bathroom closet organization

Here is a mood board I completed before we started the bathroom. It’s a great way to see how your choices will coordinate. You can see the sources below.

Girls bathroom mood board - Favorite Paint Colors

1. Bathroom Rug – Target

2. Subway Tile for shower – Lowe’s

3.  Floor tile – Lowe’s

4. Shower floor tile – Lowe’s

5. Wall paint color: Repose Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-gloss in Emerald)

6. Vanity paint color: Grizzle Gray by Sherwin-Williams (Semi-Gloss in Pro-Classic – the only paint I would use on cabinets or furniture. It is VERY durable)

7. Bathroom mirror frame: Sweet as a Peach by Sherwin-Williams (HGTV collection)

8. Shower curtain – Target Threshold

And for our countertops … We had a heck of time deciding what to do with them. I really wanted to get a premade quartz countertop from Lowe’s, but the sink hole was right in the middle and because of the way our vanity was set up we needed it on the right. We thought about getting a new vanity,  but for the price we wanted to pay, most of them were very cheaply made and I didn’t love their setup. Ours was solid wood and I liked the drawers it had so we decided to just paint it – I really love the results.

We also looked at custom ordering a quartz countertop, that ended up costing close to $800, I looked at granite slabs, that was right around there as well, and one day I was strolling through the kitchen area in Lowe’s and ran into their laminate cuts – this one was $68 and the dimensions were perfect. Long story short, we went with laminate and it looks great. One of my friends thought it was granite!


My husband had to cut the backsplash off because it ended up being a little deeper than we wanted, and we found out our walls are not square, so it left a gap in between the backsplash and the wall. So we bought the tile and did the backsplash ourselves.

We had a few hiccups along the way, projects never go the way you want them to, but oh it feels good to have it finished.

One more look at the before and after…

Girls bathroom before and after - Favorite Paint Colors

Thanks so much for stopping by! If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment. Have a great weekend!!

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Our Built-Ins {before and after}

I mentioned a few months back that one of the next projects on our list was to install built-ins on each side of the fireplace. Well they are completed, I love them and wanted to share them with you today.

A look back on where we started…

living room before


A quick summary of how Jason built these:

*He used MDF board from Lowe’s for the frame

*The finishing surfaces are all pine wood

*For the shelving he installed wood supports and screwed shelving on top of that, then used finished hardwood to make a trim around the shelves to hide any imperfections.

*Once the frame was built and painted, we bought cabinets and door faces from here, and then Jason built the drawers and just added the front.

*We painted the built-ins Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams (2016 Color of the Year) That is our go to color for doors, trim and cabinets. Love it.


I added a few simple Easter decorations, books, and pictures. Super simple.

Sunday will come

I printed one of my favorite quotes out and put it in an 8×10 frame I got from TJ Maxx. It’s from Joseph B. Wirthlin and is always one I think of on this day – We all have our Fridays. Here is a beautiful video that has excerpts from this talk.


And that’s a wrap! I hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend, thanks for stopping by!

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1960s TV Console Makeover

Yesterday I told you that I was going to show you what we did with this lovely thing.

1960s TV console makeover

It was on the side of the road, I had an idea for it so we hauled it home.

 1960s TV Console Makeover

It has a record player on one side,

1960s TV Console Makeover

and an 8-track inside that worked awesome. It even had a couple of Elvis tracks. Sweet!

My husband knocked the TV out and we painted the whole thing the Sherwin-Williams 2016 color of the year, Alabaster. We added a shelf in the middle and voila – we have a new media console for our downstairs playroom.

1960s TV Console Makeover AFTER

And it still plays some pretty awesome music.

1960s TV Console Makeover

Happy Thursday!

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Living Room Progress + a Giveaway!

DIYing can be a painfully slow process at times and sometimes it’s easy to forget where you began. I love looking at before pictures of our house because it’s a good reminder of where we started and how far we have come. Today I wanted to share with you our living room progress. It’s not completely finished, we still have more projects to do, but it’s come a long way.

Here is the before:

living room before

living room before

And the AFTER!

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One of the biggest projects in this room was removing the popcorn ceiling. It has made a world of difference in updating our home and in brightening the room up. We painted the walls Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams and the fireplace and paneling behind it White Dove by Benjamin Moore. We also got new carpet and now it feels like a completely different room than it was a year ago.

The next project on our list is to add built-ins to each side of the fireplace. The bookshelves are temporary and will hopefully be gone within the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait until they are done!

To celebrate our progress so far, I am teaming up with CanvasPop to give one lucky winner a 16×20 framed photo paper print! I received mine last week and love how it looks in our living room. The best part? I took this picture with my phone at my brother-in-laws wedding and the resolution looks amazing even after being blown up. Each image is printed on premium fine arts paper which results in a crisp, high quality and detailed image print.  You also have the choice of matting your print with a 2.5” white mat and choosing a frame in white, black or espresso – over a $200 value!

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To win one of these beautiful prints, click on the image below and enter your email. It’s super easy and fast.


If you would like to order a canvas or print, CanvasPop is offering a 35% discount for Favorite Paint Colors readers using the code FAVPAINT35. Expires November 30, 2015. Think Christmas gifts? They ship to the US, Canada, and EU.

Thanks so much for stopping by and good luck!!

Disclosure: I received a 16×20 framed print from CanvasPop as compensation for this post. All views and opinions expressed are my own and no other compensation was provided.

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Picture Frame Turned Into Chalkboard

I have really wanted a big chalkboard in our house to write quotes, notes, and fun things for the holidays. I found this the other day at a yard sale and loved how big and chunky the frame was, and loved the size of the actual picture.

chalkboard before

I used a can of Rust-oleum Chalkboard Spray paint on the canvas

chalkboard paint


gold spray paint

a can of this Rust-oleum gold pray paint, distressed the edges a bit with distressing ink…

chalkboard after

and now I have a chalkboard, just in time for my baby’s birthday. I’m still in shock she is going to be 1, it really doesn’t seem possible!

Have you seen these chalkboard signs online? I just googled “first birthday chalkboard signs” and a TON of different variations came up. I am going to try and recreate it for tomorrow, I think they are so cute.

Thanks for sticking with me this week as I have shared some of my projects from National Painting Week! Sherwin-Williams is offering 30% off this weekend if you have been inspired to do some painting of your own. Smile Have a great day!!

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Our Downstairs Painted Door

This is our downstairs door that goes out to the garage and the first project on my to-do list this week. The before picture was taken awhile ago, before we took down our popcorn ceilings and painted our trim and walls. I didn’t paint the door because we were eventually going to replace it. (One major lesson I have learned while remodeling our house – projects take a lot longer than you anticipate when DIYing it!) That was 3 months ago and we still haven’t gotten to it yet so I decided to just paint it in the meantime. And I’m so glad I did, it’s amazing how much happier I feel when I go downstairs. Here’s the before…

downstairs door before

…and the after.

Downstairs door paint color with trim and walls

Trim: Alabaster by Sherwin-Williams, my favorite trim color, almost identical to White Dove by BM

Wall color: Sedate Gray by Sherwin-Williams (a great neutral and one of the colors from the SW 2015 color forecast I wanted to try out)

Door color: Waterscape by Sherwin-Williams

 The hardest part about painting to me is just getting started. Once I do it, it’s fine but I sometimes think I have to wait for that “perfect time”. This door took me about 45 minutes to prep and paint it and I love it so much better than the dark wood. It’s amazing what a little paint can do to lift your mood. Now if someone can just do our floor … more on that later.Smile Happy Painting Week!

 See more painted doors here.


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Our Staircase Makeover: Before and After

Okay guys, I am doing my first major reveal from our home. It’s been a long and slow process getting to this point, and we still have a lot more work to do but it is definitely coming along and it’s so nice to be living here and making it our very own. From the pictures that I posted here, you can see the whole house was pretty dated, but the stairs were a huge eyesore. They are the first things you see when you come in the front door and they were not pretty, at all. So they were on our top priority list of things that needed to be replaced. Here are a few of the before pictures.

staircase makeover

staircase before

The rails were two boards attached to some posts, with a big planter box at the top of the stairs.

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This picture is pretty blurry, but here is the planter box. Ugg.

To begin, we knocked out all of the railings and tore out the posts and planter box.

staircase makeover

We hired a friend to come over and help us out with the installation, and picked out our new hand rails, newel posts and balusters.

For our hand rails and newel posts, we ordered them from L.J. Smith Stair Systems.

We decided to go with this newel post in hemlock:

Newel post for stairs

found here

This handrail …

Handrail for stairs

found here

And we ordered these balusters from Lowe’s.

Balusters for stairs

found here

The posts and handrails were all natural wood when we got them and needed to be stained. Our contractor had some Minwax samples on hand, so I painted them on a board to get a better idea of what they looked like.

Minwax stain choices

Cherry by Minwax

#1 Cherry

Hickory Gel Stain by Minwax

#2 Hickory in Gel Stain

Espresso by Minwax

#3 Espresso

Special Walnut by Minwax

#4 Special Walnut

I like darker stain, plus we bought hickory hardwood for the kitchen dining room, which I love, so we decided to go with #3.

Hickory Gel Stain by Minwax

We were swamped with getting things ready for our carpet to get put in, so we hired it out, and I was beyond thrilled with the results. Here are the afters:

Staircase makeover: Before and After

Staircase makeover: Before and After

Staircase makeover: Before and After

Staircase makeover: Before and After

And a little peek into our upstairs toy explosion…

One more look at the before and after…

Staircase makeover: Favorite Paint Colors

We also had new carpet installed and painted the walls Accessible Beige by Sherwin-Williams, more details about that here. It feels 100 times better and I love being able to put a big fat check mark next to this project on our to do-list, that is slowly shrinking. There will be a lot more before and after’s from this house, it’s fun to look at where we came from. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in the comments. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend!

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