DIY Bathroom

Well we finally finished our tiny little master bathroom. This is again, a completely DIY project. We did it all ourselves!


Right Corner




We even made our own hamper (which is one of my favorite parts) out of extra wood and fabric from Hobby Lobby! Mark also made our towel hook/towel holders out of extra wood. He used a router to bevel the edges of the wood piece and I got the white hooks at a local antique store.

We are excited to actually be able to USE our master bath now with a little extra added space!

Renovations included new;

  • Tile Floor
  • Dry Wall
  • Shower
  • Toilet
  • Vanity
  • Floating shelves
  • Barn window shutters

DIY Farmhouse / Ikea(ish) Kitchen & Living Room Renovation!

Well… with the exception of a few minor details, we’re FINALLY FINISHED! For those of you who don’t know, we started a project back in December and we certainly have taken our time. Had we worked on this every second of our free time it probably would have taken us 1 month versus 5 months.

In the middle of this renovation we saw the HGTV show “Renovation Realities” for the first time. We definitely should have called them up!

I’m (Katie) lucky enough to have a husband who can literally do anything and everything. With that being said, keep in mind we did this entire renovation on our own…

Left Kitchen

Right Kitchen

Left Living Room

Center Living Room

Right Living Room

The hardwood floors are 3.25 in Bruce Hickory in Oxford Brown from Lowes.IMG_0005

If you noticed in the BEFORE pictures the white hutch shown above was black and served as more of a china cabinet. We converted it into an entertainment center and painted it white . The black lanterns are from Ikea, and the dog beds for Maddie & Kaycee are from Bed Bath & Beyond.


We made the barn shutters from left-over wood and then stained them. The large mason jars and flowers came from Hobby Lobby. We spray painted the jars white and sanded them down a little afterwards. The silver hose clamps holding the mason jars came from Lowes.
IMG_0023The table and chairs were given to us from Mark’s mom and dad and we just spiffed them up a bit. From Lowes we purchased (7) 2×8’s and screwed them to the top of the table before staining them. Then we pulled apart the chairs, stripped the finish and re-stained and painted them. We are in need of 1 additional chair and we need it to have 8 spools and look identical to these. We have already spent hours looking for one online and although we’ve found some with 8 spools, they are VERY expensive for some reason!! We forgot to take a BEFORE picture of the table and chairs but we found one almost identical (chairs have 6 spools not 8) online and it looked like this…41B+lnxMq+L._SX300_


We found these shutters at a yard sale for .50cents a piece! They were red and we spray painted them white. After, we screwed some wall mounted candle holders that have been sitting in our basement. The candle, candle holder, and primitive star vine is from a local primitive store, then we simply just placed a small mason jar upside down on top of the candle holder and placed it on the wall mount. The candles are pretty neat, they take AA batteries and stay on for 7 hours, turn off, and turn back on again the following day. IMG_0025IMG_0024

The galvanized tray is from Walmart. The white pitcher is from Ikea and the napkins under the pitcher are from TJMaxx. The mason jar salt and pepper shakers are from Bed Bath & Beyond and we have no idea where the napkin holder came from! IMG_0028

We struggled choosing a rug and only ordered about 5 different ones before we settled! This rug is from Ballard Designs and is the only rug we found to be neutral in color. We ordered other jute/braided rugs from Ballard Designs, Pottery Barn, and West Elm and they all seemed to have a yellow greenish tint.

The rug is from Amazon, and the curtains are from Ballard Designs. The material used to cover the pillows is from Ikea. The sofa set is made by Catnapper and we ordered it online at Their customer service is awesome and we highly recommend them even after they initially sent us the wrong recliner and misplaced our sofa. IMG_3841

We made the floating shelves from left over wood and stained them. The bottles are old Smirnoff & Bud Light bottles that we spray painted. The wreath & picture frames are from Walmart, flowers are from Hobby Lobby, candle holder is from Ikea, letter L is from AC Moore, and dog related signs are from TJMaxx. IMG_0007We made the sign ourselves out of left over wood. We stained the wood, cut out letters, used mod-podge to glue them on. Then we spray painted white over the mod-podge letters and then peeled them off once they were dry. The heart is jute/twine that we hot glued onto the board. The entry table and white baskets are from Ikea and we added stain to the table as well.


Last but not least, the kitchen cabinets are from Ikea. We spent days and days designing our kitchen on their virtual designer. The possibilities are endless and it’s almost annoying. After getting several quotes for custom cabinets we found Ikea to be significantly cheaper. In our opinion they’re just as nice, if not nicer! They were delivered right to our door and although it felt like there were a million boxes, we can’t stress how easy they were to assemble. The harder part and challenges came from mounting them. From where our house is a log cabin and has settled over the years, nothing was square.

The only thing we would change is the upper corner cabinet portion. The 2 side cabinets with the baskets are actually wine cabinets and just happened to be the perfect size for the space so we had to use them. We made the best of them by replacing the majority of the wine cubbies/shelves with canvas baskets from Walmart and left the bottom cubbies for it’s intended purpose, wine.

Appliances are all Frigidaire and are from Lowes.  The granite countertops are St. Cecilia from Piedmont Surfaces in Eden, NC. Their prices were the best and they did a great job. IMG_3842They have a ton of pantry options, we love the drawers! IMG_3844We even have drawers inside of drawers! IMG_3846Drawers in the upper cabinets was something different we thought was cool!


IMG_3848This is another item that we will probably change in the future, we should have done drawer fronts instead of a two door cabinet front feature that way we don’t have to open both doors to pull out the drawers!
IMG_3850Ikea is truly unique and if you’ve never visited one of their stores you need to add it to your bucket list because it’s quite the adventure.

We love it and hope you enjoyed looking at it! :o)