Farmhouse Style Bathroom Makeover

A huge perk of working where we do (a camp and retreat center near Fort Worth, Texas) is that housing is provided. A not-such-a-perk is that the house is pretty dated. However – it is not without hope! It’s a brick ranch style home that has been added on to over and over again throughout the last 60 years. We have slowly been updating the house, room by room, on a pretty tight budget. The style I’m going for in this house is modern farmhouse, with lots of light colors and some dark metal accents. A little shiplap here and a little rustic there. If you’d like to see some photos of our progress, go check out #arrowheadhouseTX on Instagram! I’ll be sharing photos of our dining room, kitchen and master bedroom here on the blog soon, so stay tuned.

One of the first rooms to be completed is our guest/hallway bathroom. I’m very proud of this transformation – it seemed really dark and dingy before, but it’s now one of the lightest and brightest spaces in the house!

Here are a few photos of what it looked like when we moved in (In the words of Pepe Le Pew: “Le Yikes.”)

Oh, whats that? Fish tiles. Yep, tropical fish tiles. I think I found Nemo.

The bathroom was 100% functional, but not even 1% enjoyable. It had an icky sliding glass door on the shower, a 3-way mirrored medicine cabinet, and a yellowed marbled countertop on the dark brown particle board vanity. Although we didn’t have much to spend, the transformation is huge! A few coats of paint and a little love and this is what we have now (source list at the bottom of this post!):

One of the biggest transformations in this space is the vanity! It went from ugly-smelly particle board, to farm-house chic all thanks to a few coats of Rust-Oleum’s Chalked Paint as well as Rust-Oleum’s Tub & Tile Refinishing Spray Paint.

I’ve gotten a TON of questions on the process of painting this countertop and how it has held up. First, the biggest piece of advice I can give is – make your husband do it – hah! (Just kidding, but Josh did actually do it for me). No, the biggest piece of advice we can give is to PREP, PREP, PREP. Read the directions on the can, read them again, and then prep your surface REALLY well. It made all the difference in this project. Josh is meticulous about prep and taped the area off (using painters tape and plastic sheeting) really well so that we didn’t have overspray everywhere. The aerosol spray does create a pretty strong chemical smell, so make sure you wear a face mask and ventilate the area as best as you can. Overall, it has held up amazingly well! The counter itself wasn’t in the best shape to begin with (it has a few dings & dents). But the paint covered really well and has held up to daily handwashing (it’s the easiest-to-access restroom in the house) and occasional heavy use by guests incredibly well! No scratching or peeling yet – and it’s been finished for about a year now (#latetothebloggingparty).

Here’s the before again – I still can’t believe the difference!

Overall, I’m incredibly proud of this makeover and I think we spent under $250 on this space (I didn’t keep track, but from a quick add up in my head that’s the ballpark). I’d love to see a new vanity and oi – the tropical fish tiles probably need to go at some point (it’s a fun surprise for our guests, I guess ;). But, that’s down the line and for now we’re happy with it!

Source List: Some affiliate links are provided below. 

xo, Terra

 

 

DIY Roman Shades from Mini Blinds – Wayfair Featured Blogger

Way back in 2012, I made some Roman Blinds for our office in our old house. Little did I know, it would become my most popular post and be pinned on Pinterest over 60,000 times (insert shocked emoji face here). A lot has changed for us in the past few years (job changes, we’ve moved across the country, etc.), but that post still remains one of my favorites and is still a great project! Click the link below to see the original tutorial!

A few weeks ago, I got an email from Wayfair, asking if I’d like to be a part of a post they were putting together on repurposing old blinds and shutters. I obviously said yes (because, duh…it’s Wayfair) and have the huge honor of being one of their featured bloggers! If you’d like to see the post, you can click through here: Wayfair Window Treatments.

 

 

Whole30: Coconut Blended Coffee

One thing that I WASN’T excited about when starting Whole30 was giving up dairy in my coffee. I tend to use a leeeeeetle bit too much cream in my coffee sometimes #understatementoftheyear. I’ve never liked black coffee on it’s own, so I wanted to come up with a way to have creamy coffee without all the unnecessary dairy (unintentional rhyme right there!) I had heard people talking about Bulletproof Coffee (here’s the website) but wasn’t wanting to use it as a meal replacement or crazy energy boost. I also didn’t want/need the butter that’s traditionally used in Bulletproof Coffee. BUT I liked the idea of a creamy, frothy, delicious tasting coffee. So, based on a few different ideas I found on Instagram and online, I started making this Coconut Blended Coffee that uses coconut cream, coconut oil, cinnamon and some cacao powder. It seriously changed my life. It’s not sweet at all, but the coconut and cacao definitely cut any bitterness out of the coffee. It’s creamy, frothy, and oh-so-delicious.

You can use a regular blender, an immersion blender, or this handy milk frother to whip it all together and make it frothy. I’d recommend NOT skipping the blending part – it emulsifies the coconut oil and makes it creamy. Plus, who doesn’t like a frothy cup of goodness in the morning?!

If you’re looking for the original Bulletproof Coffee recipe (and some other fun variations), check out this great resource: 15 Bulletproof Coffee Recipes. Keep scrolling down this page for my Whole30 approved recipe!

Coconut Blended Coffee | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Whole30: Coconut Blended Coffee

Ingredients

  • 1 mug of hot brewed coffee
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of coconut cream (Trader Joe's sells cans of coconut cream, or you can just scoop the cream off the top of a cold can of coconut milk),
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of 100% cacao powder
  • a dash of cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Use an immersion blender, regular blender, or frothing wand to blend it up. Drink immediately and enjoy your frothy goodness!
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Whole30: Balsamic Garlic Chicken

Back with another of our favorite recipes from our Whole30 challenge. We grilled a lot during our 30 days…like probably 5 days a week. That grill got a workout! We found that chicken breasts were the quickest and easiest option for us with our busy schedule. Pair it with some fresh veggies and you’ve got yourself dinner! The following recipe creates a melt in your mouth chicken and couldn’t be any easier…seriously!

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Whole30: Balsamic Garlic Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine everything (including chicken) in a zip-loc bag and squish around to combine.
  2. Let marinate for 20 mins - 24 hrs in the fridge.
  3. Grill for 8-10 minutes, flip and grill other side 8-10 minutes or until no longer pink inside.
  4. Serve and enjoy!
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DIY Chalkboard Sign

Here in California, we’re in sort of a strange season – according to the calendar, fall begins in 2 days. The thermometer however, does not agree. Last week it was cool and drizzly but today topped out at 99 degrees. WHAT? That is NOT fall weather in my book. I try to keep a season appropriate wreath or something on our front door, but with this weird weather I can’t, in good faith, throw a fall wreath out there. It’s just not right. Until the forecast dips below 85 degrees, I cannot and will not consider it fall. For the time being, our front door gets to be adorned with this cute little season-less sign welcoming people into our home.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I started with a simple wood slice that I got with a coupon at JoAnn’s (I think I used a 50% off  coupon making it like $6 or $7 dollars). I grabbed a foam brush and some chalkboard paint (also bought at JoAnn’s…likely with a coupon). My kind hubby drilled two holes with a 1/4″ drill bit for me.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I took a pencil and sketched a line about 1/4″ in from the edge of the bark. I wanted a nice crisp line for my paint and knew I wouldn’t do a good job of free handing it.

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

Then, just filled it in with the chalkboard paint! I followed the directions on the bottle – two coats, waiting an hour between. The first coat I painted with horizontal strokes and the second with vertical strokes. I let it sit for about 24 hours to cure.

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Once It was fully dried, I “primed” it with chalk. This is an important step! If you don’t do it, whatever you write on your chalkboard first will forever and always be visible. You simply draw over the whole surface and then wipe it off with a dry cloth or napkin.

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Next, I figured out what I wanted to write and did my best to make my rarely used cursive readable :) Then I added a little laurel vine to the bottom and called it good! The best part is that if I want something different written, I can easily wipe it clean and start with a clean slate…literally! :)

DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards

I found a scrap of leather cord in my stash and tied a simple knot to hang it up. I love how it turned out!

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I think this little sign will tide me over until this heat wave passes. Please dear Lord, let it pass soon. I’m READY for fall!DIY Chalkboard Sign | Simply Mrs. Edwards