I am in the process of looking for two matching cathedral mirrors to put up in our dining room! The options are absolutely endless, and I cannot seem to make a decision! I rounded up my nine favorites in the hopes I can start to narrow them down! We will be placing each mirror on either side of a large horizontal canvas photo on our dining room wall. I am so excited to see the finished result!
This week’s DIY makeover has to be one of my favorites! When we first bought our house, there was an old, worn down, and discolored stair runner that NEEDED to go. When we got our floors refinished, we had the flooring professionals remove the runner, and refinish the stairs. While the tops of the stairs now looked beautiful, the backs were discolored from the original rug, and needed some help!
I had been seeing the trend of tiled stair risers, and was in LOVE! Everything in our home is modeled after grey moroccan tile, so I fell in love with the idea of adding this design detail to our stairs. Now the stairs definitely are not the focal point of our home, but I still believe carrying prominent design details throughout the entire house is really important to form a cohesive design.
Soon after researching tile for the stair risers, I realized it was not in the budget. What I did stumble across were tile STICKERS! Now I did not even know these existed, but I am completely in love. I decided to purchase stickers to adhere to every other stair riser, and I got them from this Etsy shop!
After finalizing our design plan, it was time to prep the stairs. We sanded all of the stair risers and removed any leftover staples still remaining from the runner. Next, any stair risers we were not putting stickers on we painted white. When it came time to apply the stickers, I was SHOCKED as to how easily they applied! It took me about 10 minutes in total, and the material of the stickers are durable and super adhesive!
We still need to touch up the white paint in spots above the stickers we did not get to before, but what do you all think of the finished result?!
From the moment I stepped foot in our breezeway, I knew I wanted to create a beautiful entryway space! The neon yellow of the walls did not blind my vision, and I could not wait to start creating! As I began brainstorming ideas for the space, I originally thought I wanted an entryway tree bench. If you do not know what these are, they are basically benches with a back panel attachment equipped with shelves and hooks on top. The more I looked at these pieces, the more I felt they were too small for the space. I really wanted something that would extend the entire length of the 6 foot wall, and I just could not find anything I liked!
So what to do when you cannot find anything you like? Design it yourself! Once I realized I could create my own entryway design, the options became endless! I started searching for the perfect benches, hooks, shelves, and calligraphy laser cut letters of course! I am so happy with the outcome, and even happier I get to see this space every day when I walk into our home!
Before we began any design details, we needed to PAINT! I am not sure why the breezeway was painted a neon yellow, but we painted over with Benjamin Moore’s Shoreline. This color brightened up the space (which is odd, because you would think it could not get brighter than neon yellow!) and neutralized the whole room. I would be lying if I said the panels were easy to paint, but it actually took us HOURS to get in all of the small crevices!
After the space was clean and painted, it was time to finalize design! I ordered this bench which I was SO excited about! I wanted something that fix my style, but also hid shoe storage, and this piece did both! Unfortunately it too THREE tries for this piece to get delivered in one piece, but you know what they say, third time’s the charm!
Next, I took to Etsy to find the rest of the details for my design! I had been eying these letters for the longest time! I knew I wanted something other than “welcome” and this phrase and mix of script and print felt perfect!
This Etsy shop is awesome because they let you preview the letters in all of their different text options! I chose their script “Betterfly”
Time to find hooks! This part was fairly easy, and a quick Etsy search led me to the perfect black hooks! I needed 10 (one for every panel) and this pack of 10 seemed like it was made to be!
Finally, I took to Etsy one last time to search for the perfect floating shelf. I needed one that was 6 feet long, and I wanted it stained black to match the bench details, letters, and hooks. These specific requirements led me to find this shelf! I did have to custom order my size, but I cannot say enough good things about this shop! The shelf is beautiful, and was SO easy to put together, it seriously took 60 seconds.
So what do you all think of the finished result?! I am beyond happy with how the design turned out, and I cannot wait to start decorating this space for the upcoming seasons!
We bought our first home! There are so many nostalgic pieces about this home and this neighborhood. For starters my 93-year-old grandpa lives a few houses down in a house he built! Our yard backs up to my grandpa’s late brother’s house, and my two cousins live down the road! We are truly grateful to be surrounded by so many memories and family. Knowing that my grandpa and great uncle both built their houses in this neighborhood over 65 years ago, it was safe to assume that our 1957 cape was going to need some updating!
Since our upstairs bathroom is a COMPLETE gut job and renovation (I’m talking floor to ceiling yellow tile), we did not want to put too much money in our downstairs bathroom. The once blue wall tile was re-glazed white by the previous owners, but the original 50s tiled floor needed a change. I decided instead of living with the dated floor tile, I would try PAINTING the tile! I could not be happier with the outcome, and I am sharing the entire process below!
The process can easily be completed over the course of one weekend. It really only takes an hour or so, and waiting for the layers to dry was the longest part!
Step 1: Tape First we started by taping off the perimeter of floor to ensure no paint got on the tub, wall, tile, or toilet!
Step 3: Strip Tile This was equally the most disgusting and satisfying step in the process! As you can imagine, original 1957 tile has A LOT of built up dirt and grime. The tile stripper lifted all of this to the surface, and man was it satisfying to mop it away! We applied the tile stripper (mixed with water) with a small scrubber brush (don’t forget to wear a mask, this stuff is STRONG)! Let stripper sit on tile for about 10 minutes and then rinse clean with water and dry! This step is crucial because primer bonds to clean tile the best!
Tile Stripper: $13 – We used Zep tile stripper from Lowe’s, I could not find it on Amazon, but if you go into your locale Lowe’s they can direct you to it! Scrub Brush: $6
Step 4: Prime Using a paint roller, cover entire floor with bonding primer, let dry 1-2 hours.
Step 5: PAINT! Once the primer has dried, it is time to paint! We decided to do 3 coats of paint to ensure the color was opaque and there were no colored tiles showing through. Let the paint dry thoroughly between coats, and I suggest letting the final coat set for atleast a full day and night! Unfortunately some of the workers in our house stepped on the tile before it was completely dried, and we had to do a touch up!
And the finished result?! Floors that look crisp and BRAND NEW!
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