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

 

 

Son of a Nutcracker!

Since we’re only about 1 day from Christmas, I figured it was high time that I shared about our Christmas decorations! The past few years we’ve had a tree, some garland, and wreath on the door. I’d say my efforts were a mediocre 3 on the scale of Christmas cheer. But this year, gosh. This year is a solid 8.  We upped our game and brought the Christmas cheer in full force this year!

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Thanks to Josh’s awesome handiwork, we added this amazing backlit star this year. We were inspired by this one on Beyond The Picket Fence and couldn’t wait to create our own. Because we had a big open space to work with, we made ours a bit larger and added some sweet backlighting. The wood is from a reclaimed picket fence that Josh found and cleaned up. After Christmas, we’re thinking of repurposing the boards into another art project. Promise I’ll share those details when it’s time!

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The star is a simple square that Josh fastened onto 2″ x 2″ pieces behind. It’s backlit with a strand of leftover Christmas lights. The only thing we purchased for this project was a $3 spool of ribbon! A pretty great project if you ask me! :)

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red carpet prom dressesI’ve been seeing a ton of fun chalkboard ideas all over, but since my chalk hand writing leaves a lot to be desired, I cheated a bit and used this transfer trick to write the Christmassy message below. If you doubt your writing skills, I highly recommend this transfer technique! The only thing I did differently was use a chalk pen to fill in my lines instead of regular chalk. My finished product may not look as rustic as it could, but I was lacking the patience and steady hand necessary to trace over the whole thing in smear-able chalk. I may re-do this again with real chalk someday, but I’m perfectly happy with the way this version turned out!

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Last year I made this fun Christmas card wreath out of a pack of Dollar Tree clothes pins, a little green spray paint, some red beads, some bailing wire, and red ribbon. One of the easiest projects ever! I’m happy to say that since this photo was taken we’ve filled up the entire wreath with fun cards from family and friends!

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Among other fine qualities, our house has a really odd living room with multiple doors on each wall. The only place that our TV fits is right in front of a coat closet that we don’t really use. I got tired of people asking why our TV was in front of a door, so earlier this year I made a curtain to hang in front of the door. This was also the point in which I got fed up with our dark redwood walls and decided to cover 2 walls in burlap. Thankfully both projects turned out great and we no longer receive weird comments or looks when someone comes into our house!

Thanks to some scissor wielding friends who were over one night, we ended up with a stack of beautiful paper snowflakes that were just begging to be displayed. It only made sense to hang them in front of the curtain that’s in front of the coat closet door. Duh, right? Thankfully, that experiment turned out great too!

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If  you’re on Pinterest, it’s very likely that you’ve seen tutorials on how to replicate mercury glass with mirrored spray paint and a spray bottle of vinegar/water. Well, I took a stab at it with some vases and candle holders and kind of failed. When they say that you MUST use the Krylon mirrored spray paint for it to turn out, they’re not kidding. I used some Rustoleum silver spray paint and my pieces turned out lacking some pizzaz (I’m pretty sure that’s the first time I’ve ever used the word pizzaz…) I honestly really like how these vases and candle holders turned out, but they’re nothing like real or faux mercury glass. I think it has to do with the air temperature I was spray painting in and that I used the wrong type of spray paint. Oh well, ya win some, ya fail some.

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I really like the arrangement and that I get to display it on some antique doilies from my Mom. The view below is my absolute favorite this year! It’s what I see every night sitting on the couch :)

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Here are a few photos of the living room as a whole (this room is hard to photograph!)…

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Although we spend the majority of our time in the living room, a little bit of Christmas cheer spilled over into the dining room too. On the china hutch I simply hung some paper garland that I made last year…

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All it is is circle punches of scrap booking paper and Trader Joe’s bags sewed together…seriously, so simple.

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The other thing I added is a Merry Christmas banner that we got at Target a few years back hanging on an old window from my parent’s house. Christmas at the Edwards | Simply Mrs. Edwards IMG_3266

My favorite Christmas tradition so far has been buying a Christmas ornament from our travels throughout the year. Hopefully someday our tree will be filled with ornaments from around the country and world! These three are from our trips in 2012:

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These ornaments and many others were placed on our tree with love and care while we donned our antler headbands and turned on a Christmas movie. Ahh, I love tradition!

So, did you up your decorating game in 2012? What is your favorite Christmas tradition? Can you believe that Christmas is TOMORROW?!

Singing loud for all to hear,
Mrs. Edwards

P.S. Here’s our 2012 Christmas Card! Designed by the one and only, Josh Edwards :)

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DIY Painted Pumpkins

Our front porch looked pretty sad all summer with a half dead plant hanging on for dear life. When I saw pumpkins for sale at the store I knew just what I needed to spruce up our sad front porch for this fall season. Pumpkins! But plain pumpkins wouldn’t do, so some masking tape, craft paint and a little elbow grease later, I had these fun painted ones. Don’t you just love ’em?! I’ve been dying to use a chevron print somewhere and this is the perfect spot!

Supplies: 

  • Pumpkins
  • Craft paint in whatever colors you’d like
  • Paint brushes
  • Masking tape
  • A monogram printed out (I used the Lavanderia font in 170 pt.)
  • A pencil

Begin by taping off the chevron print. This definitely takes some time and some patience to get the pattern just right. I found it helpful to cut my tape into 3″ lengths and then place them. Since it’s almost impossible to find a perfectly round pumpkin, your pattern will get a little wonky at some point. My pattern is super weird in one section…so that side is now facing the back :)  Once you get it all taped off, go ahead and get painting! The color choices are endless- navy blue, gold, yellow. Have fun with it!

For the monogram pumpkin, you’ll need to cut out your letter and tape it on the center of your pumpkin. No measuring necessary,  just eyeball it. Take a pencil (that’s sharp enough to make an indent on the pumpkin, but not so sharp that it pierces the skin) and trace over your letter a few times. You’ll need to press kind of hard to make an indent that you can actually see. Choose your paint color and paint over the indent!

My lumberjack husband cut a few wood rounds for me to prop these two on to create some height next to the door. This project was super simple and the look will last as long as the pumpkins do!

These pumpkins are a perfect match with my Fall Rosette Wreath. Fall has officially arrived at the Edwards’!

Thankful for Fall,
Mrs. Edwards

Fall Rosette Wreath


On Monday of this week our outdoor thermometer hit 100 degrees. On Tuesday, I placed this wreath on our front door. And on Wednesday, our temperatures dipped back down into the low 70s. I’m absoulely sure that by placing this Fall Rosette Wreath on our front door I was solely responsible for this lovely fall weather that we’ve been experiencing the past few days. Yep, no problem. You’re welcome!

This wreath was so, so, easy to make. And cost less than $10.00! Want to try making one yourself?

Supplies Needed:

  • Grapevine wreath
  • Scissors
  • Felt cut into 3″ x 3″ squares (I used 8 1/4 of the 9″ x 12″ sized sheets to make 100 squares total. I found this color at JoAnn’s)
  • Fabric glue
  • Hot glue gun

First, begin by trimming the edges off of your squares to make a round piece. By no means does your circle need to be perfect, it just needs too be round-ish.

Next, cut your circle into a spiral, leaving a small tab in the center. This tab will become the bottom of your rosette.

Begin rolling your felt from the outside edge of circle inwards towards the center.

Once you have your piece rolled up, place a dab of glue on the bottom and fold the tab over.

Ta-dahh…you have a rosette!

Now just repeat this process until you have about 100 of these (depending on the size of your wreath). This is a great project to park yourself in front of the TV to work on. It’s pretty mindless and actually doesn’t take too long once you get a rhythm going.

Once you have all of your rosettes made, begin hot-gluing them to your wreath. There really isn’t any scientific way to do this. Just place a dollop of hot glue on the bottom of your rosette, stick it on, and hold it in place for a few seconds. I would, however, recommend placing newspaper underneath your wreath to prevent glue from dripping onto your work surface.

Continue placing the rosettes on your wreath until you have completely filled the front side. You can place them as tight or as spread apart as you prefer. I placed mine pretty close together and really like it!

Hang your wreath on your front door and enjoy! This is a great way to way to welcome fall to your home and neighborhood. Maybe your weather hasn’t quite caught on that it’s already October. I hope that once you place this on your front door you begin to experience cooler temperatures and the loveliness of fall :)

Lover of all things fall,
Mrs. Edwards

P.S. This project was inspired by this one  by Stelabird :)

How’s it Growing?

I have a few updates for you. Things are growing ’round here…

Remember back when we revamped an overgrown flower garden? Well, the bulbs that we planted decided to make themselves known and have brought a ton of color and happiness to our street corner. Daily, I get a neighbor driving by telling me how beautiful my flowers are! I can’t take too much credit…all I do is water them for goodness sake.
How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. EdwardsWe have the marigolds that keep chuggin’ along, some monstrous dahlias behind them and some slightly shorter lilies hiding in the very back. When the dahlias reached the 4 foot mark, we realized that we planted the bulbs in the wrong order. Oh well, you grow and learn, right? I’ll need to dig the bulbs up and reverse the order next spring. But for now, we’re enjoying some amazing blooms! You also may have noticed some clean looking mulch on the ground, too. That’s thanks to my sweet husband! He spread it out while I was at work one day. It’s done a fantastic job of keeping the moisture in and the weeds down.

Let’s take a moment to enjoy these beauties…first up the dahlias:

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Next up are the day lilies that my mom gave me…How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

And lastly the  white lilies that I planted…How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Pretty, huh?! Not to toot my own horn, but dang. That flower garden is lookin’ good!

Next update: our vegetable garden! I have to forewarn you…it’s not the most amazing thing you’ve ever seen. I’m still finding my inner organic vegetable gardener. Unfortunately, a few of my starter plants didn’t make it, and some things are looking a little wimpy. On the upside, I have already harvested my first fruits! Two pea pods. Yep…a whopping two pods! That’s like 12 peas! I know, I know…too impressive to even comprehend. Moving on, let’s take a look…

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My green beans have climbed to the top of our trellis, but are starting to turn yellow. A friends idea and a quick google search makes me think that it’s from a lack of nitrogen in the soil. I watered with some Miracle Grow this evening, so hopefully that’ll perk ’em up. I think next year we’ll amend our soil a bit more and probably follow the recipe for Mel’s Mix (1/3 peat moss, 1/3 vermiculite, 1/3 compost). How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My corn is doing pretty well, so far. A few plants didn’t make it, so I hope to have enough for them to cross pollinate. We’ll see!How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

My cilantro has gone to seed and my basil is growing like crazy. Every time I water I get a whiff of the basil…yum! You can see that my bush beans aren’t doing so hot either. Four of the six plants keeled over about a week ago. Ya win some, ya lose some.

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My broccoli is doing pretty well! The peas, notsomuch. Two didn’t make it, and the two that did are looking like pygmies. BUT, like I said above, I’ve already harvested 2 pea pods! Yeah!How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Two more pea pods ready to be eaten! Yumyumyum.How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. Edwards

Squash! These plants are the pride and joy of my garden right now. The two plants have about 8 little squash growing (what’s the plural of squash…squashes, squash’s, squishes?) I can hardly wait until they’re ready to be picked and eaten. YUM.

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The broccoli seems to be doing well at this moment. It has it’s days where it’s looking kinda sad and temperamental.
How's it Growing? // Simply Mrs. EdwardsSo that’s what’s growing here at the Edwards’! How are your summer flowers and crops growing? Do you have an over abundance of big blooms? Have you harvested any veggies yet? Do you have temperamental broccoli? Hope you’re enjoying the process and getting dirt under those fingernails, ’cause I sure am :)

Growing on,
Mrs. Edwards