Sunday, July 19, 2009

Goodwill Makeovers, My Bathroom, and a Great Place to Live

Wow, it's been awhile since I've posted. I guess I've just been busy with other things and just a lazy blogger. Must be the summertime making me lazy :-)
My mom and nephew, Patriot spent 5 days at our house about a week ago. We had a fun and busy time. We went to Pizza Machine like we always do when Patriot visits, Coco Key, some movies, the pool, and the Jonas Brothers concert in Omaha. Click here to see pictures of our visit. I sure wish my family lived closer to us. I'm starting to realize what a great place this is to live. I love all the open space, never any traffic, plenty to do, wonderful shopping, low crime, and such nice people. Who knows, maybe we'll just stay here when we retire from the Air Force. Papillion even made number 3 on Money Magazine's top 100 Places to Live. So, now my family needs to move here, too!
We've had such beautiful Fall like weather the past few days and I love it! Yesterday morning Paige and I decided to go walking through Fontenelle Forest. It is such a beautiful and peaceful place. I can't wait to go there in the Fall. It will be gorgeous! I love that this place is less than 10 minutes from our house. Here are a few pictures from our walk~
Then after we got home from our walk I decided that I was in the mood to fix up the master bathroom. It is such a tiny bathroom and I just never have done anything to it. It almost felt silly to put work into such a little bathroom that only my family ever sees, but yesterday I changed my mind and got to work. There are some things in this bathroom that I can't change, since this is not my house~ like the cabinets, and lighting, and the mirror over the sink, but I did the best that I could without spending much money at all. I made a quick trip to Gordmans, Michael's, WalMart, and Goodwill. At Gordman's I found a cute Bath sign to hang from the peg rack that I planned to make. I also bought a Fall stitchery that they had just put out. Isn't it cute? Don't worry I'm not displaying it in my house yet. I'll wait until the end of August or maybe September 1st to do my Fall decorating. I was happy to see all the Fall goodies in the store and it made me even more anxious for Fall to get here! At Michaels all I bought was a cheap $5.99 Pumpkin Spice jar candle. I'm not waiting till September to burn it, it's for right now. I love that spicy pumpkin smell! At WalMart I found a plain tan shower curtain that I thought would work just fine in my bathroom. Then off to Goodwill to hopefully find some things to makeover. I found a tacky looking shelf with a teddy bear on it, a gold wooden sconce, a cutting board , and a candle holder. So, I headed home to get to work. First I painted all of the Goodwill pieces and a piece of wood to use as my peg rack. Then I made my own cinnamon soap using plain, white ivory soap bars, my Pampered Chef crinkle cutter, mod podge, cinnamon, and cloves. I sewed up a couple of little cloth bags to hang from the peg rack, and I stenciled the bathroom. I kept things pretty simple with not having much room to decorate. It looks so much better. I'm so glad I decided to fix it up. I had trouble taking pictures in such a small space, but here they are ~

The Bath sign from Gordmans~

Goodwill sconce~
Goodwill shelf and cinnamon soap~

Sink area~

Goodwill cutting board in my kitchen~

I thought I would show you a picture of my naughty Chocolate Lab named Ranger. He loves to steal tissues and last night we caught him. He sat nice and still for me to take some pictures. Patriot calls him the naughty chocolate dog :-)I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!


Lisa said...

Beautiful makeovers!! I love that shelf in your bathroom that you re-did and the cutting boards...well, you know I am addicted to those things! Your doggie is so cute even if he does have tissues in his mouth (lol - lil stinker).

Colleen said...

Your bathroom looks wonderful, Janae! I hope you're enjoying it...

Black Sheep Lisa said...

Ranger is so sweet looking! It does sound like you live in a great town, sure wish i did! I love the new look of your bathroom, that just goes to show once again that it doesn't take alot of $$$$ to achieve a great prim look! you did good girl!

Farm Field Primitives said...

Your bathroom looks amazing--and at little cost. Great job. The pieces you found were just perfect. It makes it much easier to get inspired when you find just that right piece.
Your dog is so cute. Our cats will sometimes carry tissues also, but their main thing to carry around are socks. Don't you wonder what they are thinking!!
Thanks for sharing your beautiful redo. Have a good day.

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Hi Janae,
Love the shower curtain from girl:) You did a wonderful job on your master bathroom, lover everything you bought.

Holli~Where The Rooster Crows said...

Bathroom makeover looks nice. I went to Gordmann's when I was visiting Debbie in Missouri ...loved that place! Oh and my dog does exactly the same thing and then shreds them everywhere!

Janet - underthewillow said...

Hi there!....your bathroom makeover looks amazing! sure know how to paint and finish wood pieces to be just your stenciling too, wonderful job! Janet

Kris said...

Great job on the bathroom makeover, Janae!!
Love all the GW makeovers, too!
I don't know what it is with animals and paper; my dalmation steals paper towels and eats them and one of my cats shreds toilet paper if you leave it out! My daughter forgot to put it away one time and we came home to a whole new roll shredded all over the house! He must have had a blast!!

Enjoy your weekend!

wrcdgc said...

I love love love your bathroom. It looks great! Just curious is this a house or apartment and you rent? I would have never known this was not your own home so many great personal touches.


ohiofarmgirl said...

For i so fun to see what others are doing. Where do you get your stencils? I am hunting some with a colonial flare. Dianntha

Bittersweet Primitives said...

Janae, what a great transformation you did. Everything looks so prim. You do have a talent and it shows all around your home. Keep up the great work and keep those pictures coming..we all enjoy them. Thanks Sherie

adsgram said...

Your bathroom is beautiful! Nice job!

Ranger looks like he would be a "perfect" friend for MY Chocolate Lab, Sophie. If we leave the bathroom door open she will invariably show up in a few minutes with the whole roll of TP in her mouth...eyes bright and tail a'wagging.."did I do good, Mama?" They are retrievers, after all. Just need to stop retrieving EVERYTHING that isn't nailed down! LOL!!


carolyn@primitive~devotion said...

I think your small bathroom looks great! You really did a very nice job! And your makeovers are wonderful too!
To cute about your naughty chocolate dog stealing tissues! LOL!
Have a great week!

Kathy said...

Janae, Your bathroom looks great! You do such a great job! I love everything in it! I need you to come here and help me do my house. LOL When will Brian be home? Jeff keeps asking me if I've heard from him.
Love and hugs,

Grammy Linda / Behind My Red Door said...

Leave it to you girl to transform even a basic bathroom!! You are amazing. I love everything you have done!!! And you have my favorite stencil of all time on the walls too! I have painted my kitchen maybe 6 times since we moved here and I always reuse that stencil.

#3 = way to go!! We were #58! LOL Still pretty good. We would have been higher but the cost of housing here makes it untouchable for so many.

I can't wait until you take pictures of Fontenelle in the fall. I can only imagine!!

Brady does the same thing with tissues - naughty boys!

Enjoy the rest of the day, hugs, Linda

Linda said...

Oh, my! Simple changes make the most impact! Good job! Inspires me to get busy!

Shan said...

Your bathroom looks amazing!
I love your style & you are so creative. I wish we were neighbors... you would be my new best!
My little Cinnamon loves tissues too!
Hugs, Shan

This Country Girl said...

Hi Janae,

I've missed you!

Your bathroom looks fantastic! I love every single makeover! Everything together makes quite a prim statement! I love it!

Ranger is so cute! Now if you could teach him to clean up with it, that would be nice! :)

Have a great week!

Gettysburg Homestead said...

Thanks for the ideas!!!!

marie said...

Super make-overs Janae! I always find new inspiration on your blog. My master bath is similar in size ~ your post shows it doesn't have to look can look perfect!

Jacki said...

Awesome makeovers Janae! I love them all. Your photos are great.

Cat Nap Inn Primitives said...

Man Janae, every thing you touch turns out so wonderful..I love the makeover your bathroom looks fabulous!!! :)

Mandy in Mayberry said...

Your bathroom looks beautiful! You just jumped right in and got it done - I'd still be trying to decide what to do!!

We have a black lab - I love him but he's a mess! Ranger is a cutie!

Wanda said...

Love your bathroom Janae..Thanks for great ideas! Love the shelf and sconce..great makeovers! Ranger is sweet, love the way he sat for you to take his naughty picture..

simple~needs said...

wow! i love it!! you did an awesome job!!!
iam so glad you told us how to make the soap!!

Dawn said...

Love the bathroom, the makeovers are perfect, what color did you use on the top coat of the towel rack shelf. It all looks perfect.

Kath ~★The Olde Weeping Cedar ★~ said...

Your bath is so pretty, I just love it!
Love all your re-do's too.
and...i don't know what it is about paper...but my dogs do the same thing...paper towels, tissues and even the rolls from the paper towels or toilet paper??? must be something lackin in their system...either that, OR the lil stinkers just know that it TICKS me they continue to do! LOL!

Have a happy week, Janae!


the primitive country bug said...

Everything you found fits your bath perfectly!! I love the makeovers and it all came together so well. You certainly have an eye for putting things together like that.

Your little naughty chocolate dog is just too cute! So funny that he posed for the picture with the evidence still in his mouth. LOL!

Enjoy your new bath!
Hugs~ Birgit

Lydia said...

WOW! Janae, you did a wonderful job in there. Love the stenciling.

Rachel C said...

Beautiful!!! I just love it! I am an Army wife living overseas in Germany, with plain white walls too! We have much in common...I also homeschool and love prims! I have stenciled in our "apartment" as well. I love the stencils that you used, and plan to order some from the place you suggested! I need a couple more. We have been overseas for four years now...three in Asia, so sometimes getting prims is a bit of a challenge. My little Shih Tzu loves tissues as well! I am new to APP...I am so excited about seeing everything! I loved how you transformed the Goodwill pieces. So great!! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home.

Mod Podge Amy said...

VERY creative! Love the use of Mod Podge especially - :D

Sandy said...

I wanted to ask you, exactly how do you do up your soap? I want to give it a try to display in my washrooms and want to make sure I do it right :)

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