Motherism Bathroom Signs……

When the autumn Pottery Barn catalog arrived I fell in love with some cute signs that were in there. They were fun sayings on vintage paper and then framed.

I was about to purchase them for our new master bath…they were just what I was looking for to fill the big space left on the wall.

Then it hit me…how easy would they be to create myself!??

So, I uploaded a scan of some vintage paper and selected the size that I wanted the prints to be, added my phrases and fun wording, sent it off to my favorite printer, and Voila! For a mere $20 total I had my $100 Pottery Barn knock-offs hanging on the wall.

Can I get a woo to go with the hoo!??

motherism signs motherism signs in bathroom

If you would like to create something similar…you can use any free photo editing software, such as Picmonkey, Gimp, etc…you don’t have to have Photoshop. It took me about 10 minutes.

They are perfect in the big, empty spot on the wall.

I hope you have a super weekend!

Stay warm~

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Cottage Bathroom Update….

Here’s an update on our Master Bath Update. ha! We’ve almost finished…just need the hamper and the new toilet!  I can’t believe that we might actually FINISH an entire room in just a few months.  Wow! This is something to celebrate. At the bottom of the post I’ve included the links to all of the how-to’s, etc. that we’ve shared on this cottage bathroom makeover.

pharmacy cabinet

Here’s all the links for the how-to’s…..

DIY French Apothecary Jars

Paris Grey Mirror

Country Grey Table and Chair

Painted Faucets and Hardware

DIY Industrial Pipe Towel Bar

Faux Cement Painted Countertops

Pallet Art

Removing and Changing Hinges & Doorknobs

DIY Vintage French Apothecary Cabinet

Hope you are preparing for a great Thanksgiving……

Blessings~

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MOEN Shower Faucet Giveaway!!!

When we started working on our master bath redo we already knew which new shower faucet/tub faucet that we wanted: Moen!  I had the pleasure of meeting several of their wonderful representatives at the Haven Conference this summer….and I learned so much.

Moen has always been a favorite of ours….but after learning more, it sealed the deal!

When they heard we were redoing our master bath they sent us this incredible oil rubbed bronze or ‘mediterranean bronze’ shower and tub hardware.  It is gorgeous!

They were super helpful as we had questions about installation, etc. We spoke with them countless times and they always went above and beyond in customer service and helping us.  I just can’t speak highly enough about our experience with them.

Here’s our new shower head and temp control……

Isn’t it great!!????

SO, how cool is it that Moen has given us an extra shower head/temp control to give away to you guys!!!  It is a $248 value….you can check out the details of what is being given away here.

We will keep this giveaway open until Friday, November 16 at 11:00 pm EST. This giveaway is open to the lower 48 US residents only and here’s how you can enter:

Mandatory:  1. Follow Cottage in the Oaks and comment that you do.

More options for more entries {these are optional}:

2.  Follow Cottage in the Oaks on twitter here. Leave a comment that you do.

3. Like Cottage in the Oaks Facebook page here. Leave a comment that you did.

4. Blog about the giveaway and comment with the link.

5. Tweet about the giveaway and comment with the link.

WOW!  5 ways to enter!!!! This is a gorgeous set……I know you guys will love it!

Best Wishes…..can’t wait to send this out to someone!

Blessings~

French Apothecary Cabinet ::: Pharmacy Cabinet

When we moved into Oak Cottage our first little one was only 2 months old.  We kept all of our medicine upstairs in a cabinet that was over the washer and dryer and could be locked.  It wasn’t very convenient; but was great for a home with little, curious ones over the years.  Now that our ‘little ones’ aren’t so little anymore….we were ready to have a real medicine cabinet that was downstairs – preferably in the master bath.

So, when we began our master bath re-do this summer we created a fun French Apothecary Cabinet just to suit that purpose! We wanted it to look very old….what we were really looking for was a vintage/antique French apothecary cabinet; but the ones we found were just too small or not suited for the purpose we needed.  SO, we built our own and made it look ancient. 🙂

pharmacy cabinet

Here’s how we did it:

1. Handsome built a frame with shelves….we measured our medicines/first aid supplies and spaced the shelves according to what we needed.

pharmacy cabinet

2. He created a door out of thin plywood/luan and created an edge with lathing strips mitered and glued on with wood glue.

pharmacy cabinet

3. I painted the entire cabinet in Annie Sloan Chalk Paint  Old White.

4. I then took a found French graphic that I liked, printed it out and blew it up to the size I needed.

5.  Using artist’s tracing paper I traced the design onto the door.

pharmacy cabinet

pharmacy cabinet

pharmacy cabinet

6. I did the same with a large red cross.

pharmacy cabinet

7. I then went back with ASCP in Paris Grey and painted the design that had been traced.

pharmacy cabinet

pharmacy cabinet

8. THEN, I sanded the living daylights out of it! Until it was worn and distressed!

9. I finished it off with ASCP dark wax.

pharmacy cabinet

10. We couldn’t find oil-rubbed bronze vintage hardware….so we painted some new hardware with oil-rubbed bronze spray paint before putting it on the cabinet.

pharmacy cabinet

Ta-daaaahhhhhhhh!

What do you think?  We are loving it! Now all our first aid and medicine is in one place in our new master bath…..woohoo!

What fun project have you been up to lately?

Blessings~

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How to Remove Door Hinges…..

I will warn you early on…these are not the best pictures.  But I think you will be able to get the idea…..which is: it is easy to replace hinges and they make a world of difference!

We love the doors at Oak Cottage…..but the hinges have always been a sore spot.  They were not looking so pretty…and were covered in old paint.  We are working on changing all of our interior hardware to oil rubbed bronze.  We knew that doing it all at once would definitely overwhelm the budget!  So, we have done it room-by-room.  By doing it that way it really isn’t that big of a deal. After a few months the whole house will be done.

how to remove door hinges

While working on the master bath redo we were changing the hinges on the bathroom doors and realized there is a much easier way to change hinges than to remove all the old ones and then put up new ones.  It made the project go so much faster….and pretty much painless.

Handsome removed the middle hinge and replaced it with the new one….then moved on to the top hinge, and then the bottom.  The door never came out of the jam and it was quick and easy! Woohoo! You don’t have to worry about not aligning the new hinges correctly and having a wonky door.

how to remove door hinges

how to remove door hinges

A simple little project that is making a huge difference in the way our doors look!

Have you done any simple little things that totally transformed something in your home?

Blessings~

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Bathroom Pallet Art……

We are trucking right along in our master bath redo!  We are almost finished…just a few more finishing touches.  AND, I have a fun surprise for you guys! Do you like Moen?

Well, we are in the process of putting a gorgeous new set of Moen faucets, shower head, etc. in our master bath shower……..and we just love them! Moen has been generous enough to send me a fabulous oil rubbed bronze shower set just for one of you guys!  Soon I will be sharing ours and having a giveaway of one!  Be on the lookout!

We wanted to add a special piece of artwork in the new bathroom…on one of the barn wood walls.  So, Handsome made pallet art out of 1 x 2’s and lathing strips.

Then I stained it grey/beachwood and stenciled a neat quote.  It hangs right next to a stained glass window….perfect for this quote. I finished it off with some sanding and hung it right up!

Some of the wood was new and some was reclaimed and some was leftover from another project.  I think this whole project cost $8.

I can’t wait to finish up the bathroom….we are enjoying a fresh, new look.

Do you have any rooms in your house that you are working on??

Blessings~

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Faux Cement {Concrete} Painted Countertops…..

We’ve ALMOST finished the master bathroom redo….searching for the perfect lamp and a few more finishing touches. Yay! We shared about some of the other parts of this redo here, here, here, here, and here.

cement countertop

I thought I would share what we did with the countertops. When we moved into Oak Cottage they were a horrible, dark shade of green formica.  We painted them to look like a  cream/golden marble. They have lasted for 17 years! But, as you can see below, there were some areas that had suffered a horrible fate. I have  a feeling it was about the time that our daughters became old enough to paint their own nails and hadn’t quite become proficient with polish remover. Polish remover=death for ANY kind of paint.

cement countertop

This summer we re-did the master bath and decided that we wanted concrete counters. Instead of pouring them…we opted to paint the current ones to look like cement/concrete.

cement countertop

cement countertop

What do you think? We love them! It took me less than 1/2 a day.

You can read about the tutorial of how to go about painting countertops here.

Do you have any counters in your home that you would like to change?

Blessings~

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Industrial Pipe Towel Bar {Oil Rubbed Bronze}

I often go to Lowe’s and hang out in the metal pipe section. {Just one more interesting fact about me that you might want to know.}

The guys there used to give me strange looks and keep asking could they help me….but now they just smile and keep going. It confuses them what I’m doing there…gathering metal pipe pieces and making strange things right there in the aisles. But, they are used to me now. I always know when there is a new employee…because I get the weird look and constant query to help me.

For our new master bathroom I wanted to get the hand towel off of the counter, and I needed a fun, new way to make it accessible to use, but out of the way.

To the Lowe’s metal pipe aisle I went.

Using a few pieces I put together a fun, industrial towel bar and then painted it oil rubbed bronze.  I’m loving it!

We attached it right beside the sink and now the towel is out of the way, doesn’t have to be constantly refolded and adds a neat element to the new bath.

What do you think?

{Excuse some of the hazy pics….I took them outside on a day that was so hot and humid my lens kept fogging up! ha!}

Here’s what you need:

Metal pipe pieces….we used 3/8″

2 discs {make sure they are the same size as your other pieces}

2 male 90 degree joints {make sure they are the same size as your other pieces}

1 pipe in the length that you need for your bar {we used 3/8″ pipe in 6″ length}

Here’s how ya do it:

1.  Screw all  pieces together….the 90 degree pieces to each end of your pipe, and then screw the discs onto each side. Super easy!

2.  Leave as is or paint in your choice of finish. {If you leave it as is I would suggest sealing it with a clear acrylic, they can sometimes be a bit greasy.}

Voila!

{You can find the hand towel shown in the photo here.}

Hope you all are off to a great week~

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Spray Painted Faucet {& My Faucet Fail}

 

Well the master bath redo is coming along nicely…still on the lookout for a few finishing details. We switched all the hardware from aged brass to oil rubbed bronze.  BUT, our sink is over 100 years old, and new hardware cannot be purchased for it.  SO, you know what I did. Yep, you know.

I painted it.

I used oil rubbed bronze spray paint and it looks fabulous!  L.o.v.e. i.t.

Hardware does very well painted….doorknobs, cabinet hardware, faucets, etc.

However, sometimes when I get an idea and I can’t wait to do it….I get in a bit of a rush. I skip important steps….or use a quicker version of what I need.  I couldn’t find my painters’ tape..or Frog Tape {my favorite!}, so I just thought I would use my masking tape.

Bad idea.

Masking tape DOES NOT work the same as painters’ tape or Frog Tape.

Here’s what it looked like afterward due to the masking tape.

Behold…my Faucet Fail:

spray paint faucet

It took me hours…and many Q-tips to get this mess cleaned up.

{By the way…if you ever have a goof like this it’s not the end of the world…just use Goof Off! or Oops! and with a bit of elbow grease it will all work out!..If you don’t die from the fumes.}

Here’s what it looked like after it was all cleaned up…

spray paint faucet

And patched up.  Yay!

spray paint faucet

The counter is not longer looking like that….I redid it to look kind of like cement/concrete.

If you would like to paint some faucets or hardware….

Here’s What You Need:

1. Painters’ Tape or Frog Tape

2. Plastic Zip-loc bags

3. Spray paint in your chosen finish {make sure it is labeled for metal}

4. Goof Off! or Oops!…just in case….oh yeah, and lots of Q-tips!  hahahaha!

Here’s How Ya Do It:

1. Poke a hole in the bottom of the Ziploc bag and put it around whatever you are painting…seal it down with painters’ tape or Frog Tape.

2. Cover and protect anything in the area that you don’t want the overspray to cover

3. Spray fixtures……at least 2 coats.

{It’s great if the fixtures can be removed and you can do this outside….BUT, ours could not be removed and I had to do this while they were still attached to the sink.  Make sure everything is covered in the room if you have to do it this way!}

4.  After the paint is dry…carefully remove the tape and plastic.

5. Use a tiny paint brush for any touch-ups that may need to be done.

Hope you all had a super weekend!

Blessings~

Country Grey Table and Chair {& College Visits}

OK…so we visited and spent the day yesterday at another college.  The oldest public university in the U.S.

So. much. history.  Oh, how I love history!

By the time they got to showing and telling us about the two residence halls that were built in the 1700’s, and still have their original hardwoods, crown molding, high ceilings, and wainscoting…..I was deciding what I would like to  major in. I had it narrowed down to 2-3 choices when my son elbowed me and reminded me that we were there for him…not me!

Killjoy.

So, I snapped out of it…..but had a little trouble the rest of the day.

Can you imagine? A DORM ROOM with hardwoods from 1793, crown molding, wainscoting, and high ceilings!!!???? And the original doors!???? Completely restored and refinished. Be still my heart…..I was ready to go back to school. Then I heard the word thesis, deadlines, research…….it was the only thing that caused me to change my mind.

Now that I’ve semi got my wits about me I thought I’d show you a few little projects.

{I’m sorry it’s not 1793 hardwoods, wainscoting, high ceilings, and crown molding. In. a. dorm. room.}

Here are two little pieces of furniture that I wanted to redo for our new master bath……a small vanity chair and 1/2 table….here they are before:

annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

Here they are painted with ASCP in Country Grey….without any finish applied.  Just the paint:

annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

Here they are in the bathroom after finishing them with ASCP dark wax:

annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

annie sloan chalk paint

One of the lovely ladies from my small group Bible study sent me these pics of her project last week….and she had used Country Grey, too.  I think she did a fabulous job and her desk turned out great!  {Tara also finished her vintage desk with dark wax.}

annie sloan chalk paint

Well, I’m still all discombobulated ……. I might need a cold rag for my forehead.  Do you think they would let me move in and just be, maybe, like the resident artist/creative or something…without all the thesis and grades and exams, etc.?

Maybe if I got enough letters of recommendation…..

Blessings~

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