I am sure I'm not the only one who has a Pinterest board full of marble countertops in my "dream home" board! Something about the look just feels so clean, sophisticated, and fancy. When we moved into our home I immediately wanted to cover the not-so-appealing bathroom counter tops and remembered seeing a few video tutorials of people using contact paper to take their counters from drab to fab. I thought I would give it a shot and here is how it really went down!
First off, I pawned my project off on my husband. With cutting in a straight line being a requirement, I figured this project would have better luck in his hands haha! We picked up this peel and stick shelf liner from Lowe's and it was about $5. We also bought a box cutter but I luckily found my Xacto knife and it was more precise and easier to control.
He did a few measurements of the width and length of the counter tops and did the main surface in two pieces. Our counter is a little tricky because of the curved back and square side but he just did the side in a different take and you can't even tell the separation!
This paper is just peel and stick so once you peel of the backing you can get started! He lined it up with the edge of the counter and had it a little longer than the length to compensate for the curved top. He roughly cut out the sink so he could move the liner easier. The only thing about this liner is it is very prone to air bubbles! Make sure you go slow and have the patience to pick it up and smooth it out several times haha.
Using the Xacto knife, he cut along the sink's rim and did the same for the wall portion. Go slow to prevent ripping the paper and press down and let the knife lead the way along the edges.
And that's it! Now we have a Pinterest- worthy bathroom and I am so in love with it! I feel like it looks a thousand times better and it's such an inexpensive change, I highly recommend! This would be a great project for those renting or living in base housing because you can remove it when you are moving out! I'm excited to see how it holds up and am super proud of my husband for tackling this project haha Good thing this is The Stratton's blog and I get to rope him into helpful posts like this!
Thank you for reading and I would love to know if you give this a try!
You know how you go in Target for a few things, and come out with a full cart? That's pretty much me every time. Our house is super close to a Target and my oh my is that dangerous! I have always been a budget shopper, thanks to my momma, and I love setting budget challenges for myself when shopping.
Since I'm new to this whole decorate for the holidays thing, I want to keep things simple because the last thing I want is to have a bin for each season! (I'm already overboard from Christmas!) J and I went to Target this past weekend and I scored big time at their dollar spot and found a ton of great decorations for our mantle.
Since I had packed up all of my Christmas decor, my mantle was completely blank! I had a few of my own personal pieces already that worked for the Valentine's day, but the majority I bought at Target and my total was just under $20, score!
When we moved out of Utah, my mother and father in law threw us a going away party and she went all out with the decorations! She had a ton and she sent me home with some, including this love sign! It was just solid white, and I found the most adorable paper heart tape at Target and created heart stripes on the sign! Since it's paper, it was super easy to apply and just push it down to make it form with the angles of the letters, making it a lot easier than washi tape would have been.
This adorable frame I got at Target a couple of years ago, and this print is from the fellow blogger mother soul, Diana! (I shared about it here!) This crystal vase was a wedding gift from my grandparents and it is so beautiful!
The speckled pink jar, heart garland, and arrow clothespins are all also from Target! My original plan was to stand up the arrows and have pictures, but they aren't arrow extends to low for it to stand so I just laid them down.
My jar of hearts was a fun DIY I did last minute! I found the most darling felt gold and pink hearts and I knew I wanted to incorporate them somehow! I tried just filling the mason jar with them, but there wasn't enough and it looked weird. So, I took some double sided tape and taped the hearts on the inside doing an ombre effect! I then added more of the paper tape to the lid so it tied in to the other side of the mantle. My little love birds sign is another Target treasure, but I purchased it a few years back as well! I can't remember where this S is from, but you can find one at any home decor store.
Can we just MARVEL at this XOXO sign for a second?!? I love the gold metallic lettering and the accent border being a bright pink! It was the first thing I saw when we arrived and I had it as my starting point and inspiration for the rest of the mantle decor. If you are having trouble decorating, pick one focal point piece and pick items that compliment it and have similarities!
And last but not least, this sweet Love garland with arrows on it! I love the color scheme and tried to keep it as neutral as possible, because I know my husband can only be so tolerant with the amount of pink and hearts I got going on! (He seriously is a saint!)
Have you started to decorate for Valentine's Day? I would love to hear about what your favorite decorations are! Also, please tell me I'm not the only one with the Target shopping addiction- it's normal right?!
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If you are close to me, you know I don't normally like themed/holiday decorations. BUT, I have two exceptions! Fourth of July (which is my everyday color palette for my home) and CHRISTMAS! In this blog post I am going to share my Christmas home decor, because before now I didn't have any except for a few things my husband made growing up. These are just little details that I hope inspire you and get you ready for Christmas!
If you would like a more indepth tour, I did a complete blog post earlier this month! I love the classic and simplistic style, and I am in love with our Christmas home decor!
What is your Christmas decor style?
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I have been working hard on getting my guest bathroom perfected, and it is finally finished! We will be having my family over for the holidays so I wanted to share how I got my guest bathroom from a dirty, bland bathroom, to a guest bathroom dream! Not only will I be sharing some sweet touches you will want to add, but also cleaning tips so it's sparkly clean before and after your guests visit.
First off, I like to leave towels and hand towels out for my guests which is kind of a must have! I folded the towels on this little vanity stool to serve as a storage spot for when they get in and out of the shower. It is not only handy but looks very cute! My overall theme for the guest bathroom is vintage and girly. I am all about subtle touches, especially because this is a smaller bathroom and I want to maximize the space!
You want to leave a lot of counter space for your guests to be able to do their usual routines, like hair, makeup, shaving, etc. I have this cute little leopard seat for toiletries in case my guests forget some things. This will give you extra hostess points because providing common things that guests could forget like toothpaste, conditioner, makeup remover, toothbrush etc will be super helpful after days of travelling. I also like to have a variety, so a great way to build up a stash is to take hotel samples!
My husband and I recently bought our new home, and with the home purchase, it also meant having to purchase all new bathroom supplies and cleaning. I headed over to King Soopers and found this new Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber, it is the ultimate bathroom cleaning tool! Also, they are having a buy one get one sale at Kroger stores on the Disposable Toilet Scrubber Starter Kit, which started December 4th! So if you are needing the ultimate toilet scrubber, the Scotch-Brite scrubber is the one and here is where you can find it.
In the past, I was having to get on my hands and knees and scrub our toilets, and when we moved in I definitely didn't want to do that again! The Scotch Brite scrubber scrubs the messes you’ve been leaving behind, and I feel so confident that the toilet is getting the cleaning it needs!
It's very comfortable having guests over now, because I know everything is properly disinfected, and with the longer handle and way you use this, it makes me feel cleaner too! Seriously, if you are a clean freak like me you'll love this because after you clean the toilet, you can just press the blue button to release the head into the trash, not contact needed! The Scotch-Brite® Disposable Toilet Scrubber came with caddy where you can store the different heads, which I'll show below!
While disinfecting the toilet is a top priority, you will also want to disinfect the counter tops, and give the shower a good scrub. You can make your own shower cleaner by combining 2 cups of vinegar and 2 tablespoons of dish soap. Spray it in the shower, leave for a few minutes, then wipe away!
As much as I enjoy cleaning, I love doing things the quickest way possible, because I'm all for time saving hacks. No longer are the days where I scrub the toilet with paper towels, now I get the clean that I want with the assurance of a better job.
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Lastly, remember this is your guest's temporary home away from home. Make it feel as inviting and luxurious as possible! I found a fun way to have the toilet paper, added in some fun art work, and adding a wall plug in to top it off with a great Christmas scent!
Are you having guests over this holiday season?
I know at the beginning I was feeling stressed having just moved, but now I am so excited to have a clean space for my guests to enjoy, so we can focus more on spending time together!
It is finally feeling like Christmas time here in Colorado! J made me promise we wouldn't start decorating for Christmas until December 1st, but I broke him down because I just couldn't wait any longer! If you know me, I don't really go all out for holidays. But, since buying our first home I wanted to start decorating it more, and Christmas is the perfect time to begin!
Because I was never into decorating before, and couldn't really afford to be, we were starting from almost complete scratch on our decorations. Which meant: shopping spree!!!
I love a more vintage, classic look so that is what my inspiration was throughout picking out our pieces. I like sticking with the classic Christmas colors and having a more natural, woodsy look.
We shopped at Target and found the cutest decorations! We also caved and bought a few pieces that I had my eye on and will enjoy for years to come. Target is currently having pretty big savings that you can show at checkout and you can find them here and here (they expire december 3rd so hurry!)
I love how simple but elegant our staircase looks, we just picked up a garland that had lights intertwined and added a few red bows for accent.
J made these reindeer in 4th and 6th grade, and were our only and first decorations haha. I love how cute they look and that they are special because he created them during his childhood. I am so happy to have things that hold a lot of memory and maybe one day pass it down to our children!
And yes we have an ammo box in our sitting room, because hello military family haha. I haven't decided if I want to paint it or leave it as is, what do you think?
Also, we bought the Mannheim Steamroller vinyl record and I love hearing this Christmas music throughout the day! I have a Christmas station on my pandora, but nothing beats a record player playing as the snow falls.
Now onto my favorite part of the room, the mantle! This garland came with the pinecones and berries already on it, and I laced a copper light string that I found in the dollar spot throughout it. I love lighting it up at night time, it makes the room look even more cozy!
THIS. CAMPER. Y'all, I have picked this up and put it back down so many times and luckily J liked it too and we added it to our home! haha I think it is the cutest thing and we got the red truck to go along with it. I love the little details like the wreaths and lights on them. We have always joked how much simpler life would be if we just bought a camper and lived in that so we could travel to texas and utah easier, so it is like our pipe dream of finally owning a camper.
This Christmas tree garland was a last minute find from the dollar spot, and was a great replacement for my thanksgiving garland!
I feel so blessed to be able to celebrate the holidays in our new home together. I cannot wait for the years to come when our family grows more and decorate all together!
We plan on getting our tree and it will go in the blank spot in front of the stair case! I love that we have vaulted ceilings and can get a taller tree. It is so much fun to pick out a real tree together and I will definitely be blogging the tree decorating process!
Have you started on your Christmas decorating? I would love to hear about your favorite traditions for this time of the year, or what you look forward to the most!
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