Modern boho farmhouse bathroom before and after!

We’ve been in our house for just over two years now. There are so many more things to do, but I get so excited each time we accomplish one more of our house goals!

To fully appreciate the after we have to show you the before. The bathroom was functional but not a pretty spot in the house to say the least.

It was really dark, and having no natural light was not helping.

It all started with the shower curtain from Target, its Opalhouse and I love everything from this line.

Then I thought I would paint the wood accents and wallpaper. The wallpaper was a beast so Troy suggested a a stucco effect. Best idea ever.

These are peel and stick tiles which have come a looooong way. They are super easy to clear (four kids use this space on the regular) which is a must.

I painted the oak-tastic vanity, we put in new lights and a huge mirror. The mirror was a Homegoods score from Habitat!

The sink would have been about $1200 but we had to keep it as it had a manufacturer defect (on the part that faces the wall) off of a job Troy was doing.

New glossy tile and coordinating grout for the counter, lots of pretty baskets (how many baskets does she own you may be asking yourself lol)

And a little round white rug from Amazon.

I love how our refresh turned out! It didn’t break the bank and boy what a difference. I was worried so much white would feel sterile but it’s so pretty clean and warm. The grey painted stucco and little touches make it cozy.

We still have a long ways to go but I sure am happy with our latest redo 🙂

Thank you so much for reading friends, I hope this finds you well and enjoying a little time to create in your own space this week 🙂

Xo, Tanya

A little grey church pew before and after

My mother law Candis recently passed on this deacon’s bench (little church pew) she found at a local thrift store.

I loved it immediately and while she had not had it forever I knew it had a story to tell.

The part that means the most is not the little wooden pew but the person that gave it to me. Candis has dedicated her life to being on the mission field and traveled the globe. Even after “retirement” she’s as active as ever seeing a meeting the needs of young mom’s in her town. So she’s pretty amazing, and I’m very blessed to have her as my MIL 🙂

The hard part was figuring out what color to paint this little pew and I landed on this saft, pale grey. I’ve never used this chalk paint by Kilz and I’m super impressed.

I did two good coats and the coverage was perfect. It’s very smooth and easy to apply, I’ll use it again for sure.

A little distressing, and since there will not be food or cups set on her I didn’t use a sealer.

I like the mix of the light grey with warm old wood popping thru. We are always moving things around to make room for the next find but I have a feeling this little bench will be here for a while. It fits perfect here!

A little spot to pull on boots and head outside, or flip-flops, we do get sun here sometimes in the PNW 🙂

I figured it must have turned out ok when Candis came over and announced that she now wanted it back ha!

She was kidding of course, but it meant a lot to me. And now each time I come home or walk by our little entry she makes me smile.

And because no wall in my home feels complete without 50 baskets on each wall lol, I added the obligatory baskets.

And a plant, are you addicted to plants by chance too? I love them, especially pothos, jade trees, snake plants and all those other hard-to-kill varieties!

I’m super excited about my blog makeover too, coming soon a much needed boho-farmhousey refresh for this little corner of the web. Cant wait to reveal it!

I hope this finds you well, at peace, and eeking out even a bit of time to create. I seem to be short on that creativity time too but it’s so important for our spirit!

Hugs & blessings from casa twelveoeight,

Xoxo, Tanya

Simple DIY corbels

You know how you see something for sale and you think to yourself, I could pay $24.95 a piece for those.

I could.

It would be easier.

And then something kind of clicks and you realize that you don’t have to.

You could make those for a few bucks.

Maybe even with scrap wood from other projects and paint you already have.

Welcome the simple diy corbel.

I kind of have a thing for corbels right now, they are my jam.

I have this spot where the long dining room flows into the front living room. The front living room is my fave space to be. It is the only room with super high ceilings in our 1970’s mid-century modern home.

We have added a lot of our own style while still trying to keep much of our home’s original vibe.

Lots of paint, wood floors, white-washed shiplap fireplace surround, and a wood wrapped beam at the peak with exposed electrical.

Add a whole bunch of baskets, swivel chairs, and a mix of vintage and modern and this is our home.

I saw corbels very similar to these online and thought I might just order them.

But Troy likes to make stuff (yes this is very convenient and I try to not make the hey can you make/fix/build this list too long) 🙂 and he gave them a go.

These are actually leftover bed rails from a dismantled bunk bed. He ripped the pieces down to 2″ x 5″ size for the top and back. For each corbel the top piece was 14.5″ long and the vertical piece 16″ long. The angled piece we cut to 17″ end at 40 degrees and the other at 50 degrees as we wanted the bottom of the corbel a bit longer.

The ends we rounded off a bit and used a wire wheel on our drill to create some lines and texture.

I painted them with an off-white paint and sanded them until I felt like they could of come off an old porch.

They just just the perfect amount of architectural interest in this spot, I just love them!

They were very quick to make, the longest part being the time for the paint to dry!

I don’t know about you but when the world is crazy and there is so much uncertainty around us home is where I like to be. I always want this little spot of the web to be uplifting and encouraging, and that wont change. But for all of us I wish for some peace. That we would look at our own hearts and choose grace and kindness to be our creed. That we would help a stranger, hold a door, pay for someone’s coffee, smile when we don’t have to. The power of being kind and doing the right thing costs us nothing but the difference it makes cannot be measured.

Thank you friends for reading and as always, you are appreciated more than you know!

xo, tanya

The to-do and the DONE list

Hello friends!

I woke up today and buzzed around getting my coffee, turning off outdoor lights and opening curtains.

Glancing down at my to-do list and thinking of the glorious day ahead I could feel the excitement this thinking of all I can accomplish.

We are mid-way thru adding on the the existing chicken coop so we can get our long-awaited for chickens into their new home.

Our hallway/main bathroom is a mish-mash of every bad design decision from the 70’s and 80’s. Planning that bright, fresh makeover has been fun. I cannot wait to show you the before and after.

Somewhere between excitement and planning however I got lost in my to-do’s and forgot completely how far we have come.

My mind quickly shifted to the long list of things that still need to be done.

Those are long lists aren’t they?

I found myself feeling immediately defeated and was kind of surprised how quickly I went from elated to overwhelmed.

As I drank my coffee and looked around I saw something.

Something to be proud of and remind me that this is a journey of lots of steps and projects not an epic weekend remodel with 74 volunteers and someone screaming MOVE THAT BUS.

It’s big.

A DONE list.

So many things have been completed, so many projects I am proud of that bring me joy each day.

To think that the list of projects that I look forward to turned into a daunting task ahead made me realize that it was me that had to change.

I have to change how I see the things around me, and be willing to extend the same grace I have with others to myself too.

To slow down a bit, yes that means choosing NOT to do something and be “busy” all the time to stop and enjoy how far we have come.

Iv’e worn busy like a badge of honor at times in my life and yeah I got a lot done. But that is a season not to stay in forever. We need our down time too.

I finished my coffee, ok, two cups back to back really strong lol that is how I wake up 🙂 and I looked around this little house of mine.

And you know what? We have come a long way!

Sure that does not shorten the to-do list but you know what? It gives me such a sense of peace and accomplishment to go back over my DONE list.

We are doing great, and you know what? You are too, we all are doing the best we can and trying to eek out a little time for us and our creative minds. So what if the dishes don’t get done and everyone had cereal for dinner.

I guess I just needed a bit of a reality check and a shift in focus this morning to see how truly amazing we humans are.

We have such a capacity to create, and love, and give. And when we can make the home around us a place we love to be one little project at a time we gotta step back every so often and remind ourselves that we are doing great.

Here is to an amazing weekend with a few things to work on and some time to enjoy the things that make us happy.

And the people we love, that love us back.

Thank you as always for reading friend, love you so!

Little vintage table before and after

Hey there!!

How’s your week been? We were talking the other day about the creative surge that both Troy and I have felt since stay at home orders went into place. I have realized how much I missed this little corner of the internet to share and create, and I am SO HAPPY to be writing again. This time has been so good to evaluate how I spend those spare moments and made me love my little home even more than I did before. But boy do I miss Goodwill, and I am going to run out of paint at some point 🙂 so a healthy balance of the freedom to come and go or stay at home and chill is something I am really looking forward to.

In the meantime, this table. And renovating a 70’s house…

Our house is a 1970’s mid-century modern that we’ve been in for almost two years now and I’m slowly turning it into my version of a modern city farmhouse.

Open concept spaces and large inviting kitchens seem to be something that were not a priority in 70’s design. But by tearing out cabinets, and white-washing dark dreary wood we’ve made great strides. We have a ways to go, you haven’t seen the main hallway bathroom!

Right after we moved in there was a yard sale down the road. I would love to say that I used self control after moving TONS of stuff but I saw this little vintage table for five bucks. I knew it would look cool any color so into my car she went.

I used white chalky spray paint and distressed all over with my palm sander. Next to give the table a little age and patina I watered down some brown acrylic paint. Using just a bit of the watery paint and a small damp cloth I applied it to the table here and there then blended as I went. This table won’t have any liquids on it so I decided not to use and sealer on it. here it is after one coat.

When I see the half-way mark I always wonder if this was a good idea!

It’s in the entry way now but I like to move stuff around once in a while so I’m sure she could be just about anywhere next week 🙂

I’ve found a balance that I like between vintage, modern and a little bohemian. I love to have things in our home that I poured my heart into and make me smile when I walk by them.

And if something gets broken during an epic nerf gun battle or “tag in the dark” (yep they actually do that lol) oh well. Most of it was found anyways on the fly and I’d much rather see my tribe having fun than have a perfect house.

I’ve kind of always thought perfect isn’t much fun anyways 🙂

Thank you as always for reading, I hope you have an amazing day!!

xo, Tanya

Industrial glam bar cart

I have wanted a bar cart for a while now.  Something that was my speed, a little shabby and a little glam.  A nod to the 70’s is always good too.

And I didn’t want to pay hardly anything for it, because well the thrill of the hunt is the hunt itself, the find and then the best part, the DEAL.

Do you love the deal too? Like swerve off the road when you see a yard sale sign, jump up and down in a thrift store kind of love? Oh good then we were separated at birth I am sure of it.

This find was $9.99 at our nearby Goodwill and I liked it immediately when I saw the herringbone inlay on each shelf.  It was too big and bulky to be a little bookcase but I felt like it would make a cool bar cart.

And if I ended up not liking it for that purpose, Abbie my eight year old already decided that Barbie’s would look excellent piled on top of it.  So to the checkout we headed.

We taped off the center on the top to leave the herringbone pattern on display, and painted the remainder of the cart with Chalked spray paint in Charcoal.  This is THE most beautiful dark grey on the planet, just saying…. I am pretty much in love with this paint.

Once the paint was dry, and the cart was a little distressed we added these acrylic casters.  I wanted to go with these as number one each one was less than five bucks each at Harbor Freight.  And two, they look like Lucite.  Don’t even get me started on Lucite, it makes me think of Wonder Woman’s invisible jet and everything cool and amazing about a clear piece of furniture.  I don’t have one, yet!

We found the sleek cabinet/drawer pulls at Home Depot, put them in place and voila! we were the proud owners of a “new” bar cart.  She is all styled pretty for these photos but you know she has also been the home for 30 Barbie’s this week and a cat who like to sneak inside and nap on the bottom shelf periodically.

I cannot wait to use it this summer for impromptu get-togethers, extra serving space outside, and stray doll or cat in it’s down time.

Thank you for taking a peek at our latest project, come back soon to see what I did with a ton of yarn, inspired by another thrifted find 🙂

xoxoxoxo-

Tanya

Homemade Christmas gifts: EASY earrings & necklaces!

Sometimes it’s the little things.

That are simple, yet meaningful.

Beautiful but not fancy or expensive.

Joyful times and wonderful memories for me have always surrounded the quiet simple moments, and fun memories of doing something together as a family.

With each year that passes I find myself going back to what was most meaningful to me, and two things continually come to mind.

Time, and kindness.

To give the gift of time spent with someone you love, and being kind, showing kindness, and doing so in a thoughtful way.

More than an extravagant gift, or something to “top” what we did last year.

The greatest and most extravagant, undeserved Gift was given in a very humble way.

 

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In humble surroundings that didn’t seem fit for a baby, let alone a King.

No sounding of trumpets or credit cards at their limits.

But a gift of pure love, because we are loved so very much.

Maybe part of what we are to take away from that most meaningful Gift arriving was how we are to live and give.

With humility and kindness.

Sacrificially, giving because we love, not because someone has done something to deserve it.

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Little pink (Christmas) houses for you and me

If you give a girl some glitter…

And a group of Dollar Tree Christmas houses…

And she happens to have some pink spray paint…

Then…

Well, this happens.

And a new pink, sparkly Christmas Cottage community is created.

I don’t know about you, but I could live there.

It’s almost a public service if you bring happiness to others with glitter don’t you think?

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Christmas old + new

Sometimes sprinkling a few new treasures along with our favorites sure does refresh what we already have for the holidays.

The excitement of unpacking the boxes of ornaments, some Bing Crosby playing in the background, and the anticipation of the events unfolding in the weeks to come.

And could I just say that I hope it snows?  Can’t you see those beautiful trees topped with snow?

 

 

Yes, that means my little car will be sliding around and I will probably regret my request if we get too much!

But there is something so magical about waking up to a snow covered wonderland outside.

I love Christmas, and while I have tried in our new house to keep our decor a bit more minimal, I kind of went all out this year.

More on the full living room and entry soon, I can’t wait to show you how pretty this tree farm is!

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Favorites from 2017 + an Irish Blessing

Hi friends!

While I don’t have a brand new upcycle or DIY to share today, I just wanted to take a moment to wish you a Happy New Year.

I started this blog 6 years ago, and had absolutely no idea what direction it might go or where I would be years later.

Having this space to make, and recreate, and talk with you brought more to my spirit than I could ever have offered to teach or show anyone else.

When a challenging personal time in my life came along, I didn’t have much to write about.

I thought perhaps the chapter had closed and wondered if I should start again when I felt the urge to write.

 

farmhouse church pew before and after

Am I glad that I listened to that small voice pushing me to log on and hit publish.

I learned to listen closer to that inner push, and have found my passion in the meantime.

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Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties