A while ago, I wrote about some projects that I’d done around my house. I meant to include several projects, both inside and outside, but given my loquaciousness, that post got really long before we even made it inside my house. Then I made you a promise that I’d do another post about the inside projects.
That promise was made 3 weeks ago.
Better late than never?
I’ve done a lot of renovations/remodeling in my house this summer. It’s one of the many perks of having summers “off.” I work pretty much non-stop for 9 months and then I get to relax a bit for 3 before repeating that again. And for me, relaxing means doing work. Work in the garden, work in the house, and yes some work work.
I probably won’t get to all the projects on here today either, but let’s just start with one room, and see how far we get before my fingers get tired and you get bored, shall we?
Let’s start in the pantry. Because that’s where the food is stored and you may want a snack before we start.
I love my house. Like, LOVE it. But there is a distinct lack of storage space that is a major drawback. There are a total of two closets in the entire house; one upstairs in my craft room and another in my bedroom. Both are very small, although truthfully I’m not using them to their full ability, but that is a project for another time.
The pantry situation isn’t much better. For the last year, my food was all contained in the closet next to the one you see above in the photo on the left – a closet that is a mere 10 inches deep, with neither a shelf nor hooks (save that one that is kind of janky looking.)
If you know anything about me, you know that I hoard food and that tiny space was clearly not cutting it. I’d been improvising a space in my laundry room, but that was just getting ridiculous, not to mention annoying trying to remember where everything was.
So, one day about a month ago, I made myself a pantry.
Okay, I didn’t really make a pantry. I’m not that good. I put shelves in a pantry that was already there, which yeah I know, isn’t nearly as badass.
I bought those metal rod things and a bunch of the hook thingies (these are the technical construction terms, obviously) for the shelves to sit on. I bought some nice pine boards and asked the nice man to cut them to the right size for me because I don’t have a saw though I SO WANT ONE.
As I was paying, the cashier asked what I was making and took about 0.5 seconds to convince me that I should probably paint the shelves too. I wasn’t a hard sell. I mean, pantry prettyness is important, after all. Plus, I love spray paint.
She was right though – they look much better white.
My pantry doubled in size after this and I can now fit everything in the same closet space. A fast, cheap, easy project. That makes me happy.
(It would have been much faster if I’d have measured the space correctly the first time and didn’t have to go back to the store and beg the nice man to please cut another 2 inches off each of the 6 boards he just cut for me because I am a TOTAL MORON.)
If you will just turn around from where you are standing (in front of the pantry; where I spend an inordinate amount of time, truth be told), you’ll see my bathroom, which is FINALLY done.
Literally, a 180 degree turn and this is what you see. I have a small house, remember?
I went with bright, fun colors because….I don’t know why. I just like them. I bought the towels and bath mats at Target, the shower curtain (which I love, except when I get my toe stuck in it trying to get out of the shower and fall on my face; not that that has ever happened *ahem*) came from Amazon and the rest of the stuff were all thrift store finds and/or DIY projects.
The window curtain is actually a shower curtain from Goodwill that I strategically hung to make the window look much larger than it really is because I am sneaky like that.
See? Small window, big curtain. Deceptive.
I totally fooled my mom with this. She stared at that curtain for a long time with a funny look on her face and then was all “That window doesn’t look that big from outside…” Muahahaha!!
Now, let’s do another 180 degree turn….
It’s a bathroom, where you go to get clean….get it? Hardy har har.
The picture, which sits above the toilet (hehe), was a print I found online somewhere. All I did was spray paint (told you I love that stuff) the picture frame.
I also spray painted the test tube rack, but the flowers were a little more involved. I can’t remember where I saw the tutorial for making them, but they were fun to make! All you need is fabric, a glue gun, and some floral wire.
And because I can’t write a post about my bathroom without showing where the business gets done….
Let’s see what’s going on in here. (In the picture you sicko. Not in the toilet. Also? I cleaned the toilet before taking pictures. You’re welcome.)
More spray painting (I wasn’t kidding) for the picture frames. The turquoise print is just fabric that I taped to a heavy piece of cardboard.
And then, the (in)famous rug. I crocheted that bad boy and it took FOREVER, but only because I started over when I was half done the first time and also because I am a slow crocheter and also because I don’t crochet much when it is hot as all get out. I love it though. It’s fat and fluffy and super comfy. I ended up moving it because something so pretty can’t live next to the toilet.
The little pink shelf came from a thrift store, which I, say it with me, spray painted. The sconces came from my mom and dad’s cabin, which I believe originally came from my younger sister, who I can only imagine got them at a thrift store.
Which I spray painted. Because DUH.
So now we’ve come full circle, because through the door you can see my pantry, where we started. That makes this is a good place to stop, don’t you think? Besides, that’s about all the typing my little fingers can handle right now. And I suspect you are (understandably) bored by now.
But first, I finally got a new comforter set for my bedroom. No, the room is still not finished, but it is next in line now that I finally finished the bathroom. I think I’m going to paint the shelves yellow. With spray paint. OBVIOUSLY.
In the next installment of what is an unintentional post series, I’ll show you my finished home gym! Yeah. Get excited for that. I’ll probably pepper that post with lots of fitness-y talk too, because I like to talk about things I completely unqualified to talk about.
Now, for today’s Get To Know My Blog Readers Question(s) of the Day: What color(s) is/are your bathroom decorated in? Do you DIY things when you decorate or do you just buy them from a store? What’s the last house project you started?