Monday, January 26, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust: Stairway Lighting

We're at it again, y'all.  And this time we've migrated upstairs. This builder grade lighting replacement journey is finally reaching its end in our house.  (You can check out my earlier posts about my knock-off rope chandelier, $10 industrial pendant lights, and mason jar vanity light.)

This time, I let a lucky Goodwill find do the dirty work for me.  Well, that and a strapping hubby, an awesome daddy, and one ginormous ladder to get the job done.  

We definitely don't have our act together in this space yet.  Here's what we've had going on in our stairway since we moved in.

Bless'er House | Builder Grade Lighting Replacement

Sunday, January 25, 2015

2 Simple Steps to Upgrade a Basic Window

We have been ticking items off our to-do list for our master bathroom for the past couple of weeks and it is so exhilarating to start seeing the end of our hard work.  I'm dying to get to that awesome, magical, wowzas-now-THAT'S-a-bathroom reveal day.

So far I've shared our builder grade mirror replacement, the story of our reclaimed ladder towel rack, my botanical window wall decor, and how we installed a plank wall behind our tub.  But one of the most challenging places for me in this room was what to do with our very blank window.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday Faves

Today is a two-cups-of-coffee kind of morning...with probably way more creme brulee creamer than is acceptable.  

Robert and I stayed up way past our bedtime last night hanging out with family in town, and I LOVED every second of it.  I didn't want the laughter to end.  Don't you love having houseguests like that?

So now we're back to reality, houseguests have left, Robert is at work, Olivia is getting a quick fix of Curious George (why on earth does the man in the yellow hat always give that little monkey such a huge heap of responsibilities?), and I'm gearing up for another weekend project.  

I'll be updating y'all on more master bathroom progress on Sunday, but for now, I'm sharing all of the inspirations I've been ga-ga over from my Pinterest boards.  

*If you're feeling inspired by them too, be sure to pin them from the original links provided.


Thursday, January 22, 2015

Your Turn To Shine Link Party #15



Hi, friends!  I'm so glad you're here.  Truly.  Whether you are a regular visitor or a newbie to our link up, I am so thankful to have you!

The hubby and I have been knocking out projects left and right, so it's nice for me to take a day to sit back and pour over your latest creations.  I had a really hard time picking my features this week because there were so many good ones!

The gal pals in this link party bunch and I pin all of our features, and your links are shared across all 5 blogs.  I love sharing great projects on social media too, so I hope you'll take a second to follow me there.

Okay, yadda yadda, I know you want to get to the fun.  ;)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Walking the Plank: Master Bathroom Progress

Back in the fall of 2013, when Robert and I were all dreamy eyed as we poured over the limitless builder options in the blueprint phase of our house, there were two things that were absolute must-haves for me- a pantry (that is now ridiculously organized) and a big garden tub in our master bathroom.  

We've definitely gotten our upgrade's worth out of our pantry...our tub, well, guess how many times I've used it.  Twice.  

But I think that's all about to change now that it looks like this!

Bless'er House | How to Install a Plank Wall in a Bathroom

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Spring Inspired Window Wall Decor

I blame my father-in-law for a little infatuation I've had from the time my husband and I started dating.  

I remember first meeting Robert's parents like it was yesterday, and after instantly greeting me with big hugs as if they'd known me for a lifetime, my in-laws whisked me inside the front door of their charming yellow 1904 house, where I was surrounded by my father-in-law's gorgeous one-of-a-kind bird carvings.  

I'd never seen such talent.  And from that point, I was hooked on pouring over his whittle work.  

Bless'er House | Spring Inspired Rustic Industrial Window Wall Decor

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friday Faves

It's the weekend!!!  Well, technically it's Friday, but the hard part of actually talking yourself into getting out of bed and getting dressed is already over, right?  So really, you're halfway there now.  The rest of this day will be a piece 'a cake. ;)

Right this moment, I am actually posting on Remodelaholic as their newest DIY contributor for 2015!  I'll be sharing over there several times throughout the year, so keep a lookout for me.  Would you be a sweetie and drop by there to leave me some love today?  I'll be your bestest friend.  

In the non-blog world right now, our two-year old has somehow taken it upon herself to decorate the house with her toys all over the place.  So I'll just pretend I don't see the mess and marvel over these pretty inspirations today instead.  Sounds like a good plan to me. 

**Be sure to click the links to pin from their original sources and give credit to the creative minds behind them.



Thursday, January 15, 2015

Your Turn To Shine Link Party #14


Happy Link Up Day!  I've declared it a holiday, so there.  Take the day off work and celebrate, right? ;)

I know it is so silly for this Carolina girl to be complaining about winter weather (because our winter is probably like spring to many of you) but y'all!  I'm so over this cold!  We haven't had a snow yet this year, and who knows it might be a year that we skip the white stuff entirely, but I'm ready to bust out the flip flops and tank tops already.

For now, the little one and I will just stay hunkered down under a warm, fuzzy blanket and check out all of the coolness you've been up to on your blogs.  I think that will hold us over until the sun decides to come out and play again.  Be sure to spread the love to each other.  As always, I love getting comments on here and on social media too.  Take a sec to say hello!

Stay warm, my friends, and happy linking.

***Update:  So sorry for the delay!  Blogger scheduler doesn't like me sometimes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

18 Tips for Better Craigslisting: How to Score on Furniture

However long you've been following my adventures in decorating our house, there's probably one word that you've seen in nearly every post- Craigslist, baby!

It is probably the one topic that I get asked about the most.  I guess because it's not easy to furnish nearly your entire house in a year for very little.

Bless'er House | 18 Tips for Better Craigslisting: How to Score on Furniture

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Most Natural, Inexpensive Way to "Stain" Wood

There was one particular type of day in high school that was always the best.

It wasn't pizza day at lunch or free day in gym or even movie day in English class. (Why in the world did the Demi Moore version of The Scarlet Letter have to have so many bathing scenes in it?)

Nope.  The best day of all was science lab day.  We built bridges and made a hovercraft and even constructed potato guns...ahem...I mean vegetable accelerators, as my physics teacher had to clarify. (Apparently making potato guns was already a regular pasttime for a lot of boys in the backwoods of our small town.) 

Ten years later, I still have my own science lab days, except without the use of tuber artillery.  Yesterday, I conducted a little experiment of my own on our upcoming bathroom plank wall project.