Bathroom Changes

To say that it has been a little chaotic in our home over the past week….is a bit of an understatement!  We have been in the midst of planning a bathroom renovation project and an anniversary trip away!  For years we have been wanting to renovate the bathroom in our home!  We moved into this house 10 years ago, life happened, we had a puppy and we got pregnant!  Honestly, having a bathroom construction project was not conducive at the time while we had babies and toddlers crawling around.  We have finally arrived to the point where…IT IS  TIME!  This was the year to do this!  I am so ready for this bathroom to be flipped!  I hate it!  It has always been the one room in our home that just makes me cringe 😬  .  When guests come over, I secretly hope that they don’t have to use our bathroom because it is so ugly!  It screams….”welcome to the 50’s” !  I did my best to make it somewhat “ok”, but it’s kind of like the old saying goes, “It’s like putting lipstick on a pig!” .

For a long time, we thought about doing the project ourselves. My husband is very handy and skilled at doing home renovations.  But the reality that it is our only bathroom came into play and we needed it done on a quick timeline.  So, with all that being said, next week we are having a contractor come to start this project and I couldn’t be more excited!  Here are some before pictures of our current bathroom….Showing these to you is me being completely vulnerable because I am not wanting everyone to know just how bad our bathroom is!  Although, I am so excited for the “After”  photos !  I will keep you all updated on the progress 😀

The dreaded hideous vanity mirror with fluorescent lights …our only outlet is part of this!  I mean really, who doesn’t love a shell shaped sink?


There used to be curtains on the window, but the contractor had to come to take the casing off to do measurements for a new window.  There also used to be a white dropped ceiling ( so the metal bars on the ceiling with lime green paint weren’t visible)





I think I Fell in Love…!

Wow, I looked back and it has been WAY TOO LONG since I posted a “before and after” post !!!  So without further ado, here is my latest and greatest project that I have been working on !!! First, it comes with a warning….WARNING: this is my favorite project to date and I still don’t know if I’m going to officially sell it!!!  I LOVE IT!


It started with a phone call from my friend Bryon who had just scored a new amazing dresser for himself.  Being the good friend that he is, he knew I was in the business of making furniture awesome again.  He wanted me to do something great with his previously cherished Ah-mazing empire dresser.  Bryon sent me a quick picture of it and asked if I thought I could do something with it. “Absolutely! YES! YES! YES!” … was more of my response!  I will admit that I have a deep infatuation with empire dressers.  They just scream “manly” to me.  The lines and styling are very masculine and timeless.  They will never go out of style….well, at least not in my humble opinion!!!

This empire dresser has been well used and loved…as it should be!  It had scattered scratches and dings and a few missing pieces of laminate.  I spent some time with my wood glue, clamps, and putty and patched up those “rough” areas.  The next step was a gentle sanding of the entire piece.  Finally, I chose this deep, rich, navy blue milk paint to continue giving the dresser a more masculine feel!  The color of this milk paint is called “Artissimo” and it is by Miss. Mustard Seed.  It is absolutely yummy!   I distressed the edges gently and top coated it with hemp oil which just makes a wood and paint combination pop!

Finishing touches included finding and putting on these gorgeous white ceramic knobs that have an “antique” feel to them.  Set of 12 Ceramic Solid Metal Knobs and Pulls White Door Cabinet Drawer Handles Dresser Room IndianShelf Handmade Online New Antique FinishI also ordered more drawer liner paper from my favorite online source….Spoonflower.  This time I went with a pattern called “safari herringbone” and I think it just makes the inside of the drawers really pop!  Seriously though….who wouldn’t love opening these drawers to find this pretty paper inside?  Ok, now brace yourself….here is this beauty!!!!empiredresser1




Be Like Grandma Gatewood

I recently came across this story about Grandma Gatewood….do you know about Grandma Gatewood…well, if not…read it!

The Grandma who went for a Walk Alone through 14 States


At the age of 67, Emma Rowena Gatewood told her adult children she was going out for a walk. Little did they know that her “walk” would make her the first woman to hike the 2,168-mile Appalachian Trail from Mount Oglethorpe in Georgia to Mount Katahdin in Maine solo, and in one season. She was a farmer’s wife from Ohio, a mother to 11 children who gave her 24 grandchildren, and a survivor of domestic violence.


 In 1950, Emma had read an article in theNational Geographic about the famous trail, which she would later find out had greatly exaggerated the ease of the hike, giving her the impression of leisurely walks and clean cabins at the end of each stretch. In 1955, when she decided to embark on her little impromptu stroll, she wore Keds tennis shoes and packed barely any hiking gear normally required except for a blanket, raincoat and a plastic shower curtain.

As people began spotting the 67 year-old grandmother making her way alone through forests and wild lands on the longest hiking-only trail in the world, local newspapers picked up on the story. Nicknamed “Grandma Gatewood”, by the time she had reached Connecticut, Sports Illustrated had done an article on her and she became a celebrity before the hike was even over.


There’s a tradition along the Appalachian Trail for some hikers to receive “trail magic”, assistance from strangers living along the route in the form of anonymous kind actions, gifts, food or places to sleep. As Grandma Gatewood’s celebrity grew with every state she conquered, more strangers encouraged her with “trail magic”.


This remarkable farmer’s wife from Ohio had always found solace in nature, ever since her husband began physically beating her on a regular basis just a few weeks into their marriage. On more than one occasion, he had nearly beaten her to death, breaking her ribs and teeth, threatening to have her committed to an insane asylum if she tried to leave him.

GATEWOOD (1)When she needed to escape their marital home, Emma often ran into the woods to find peace. Eventually, she was able to get a divorce, but never re-married, content in her solitude and confident she could take care of herself.

When she completed her 14-state two thousand-mile hike, Mrs. Gatewood was invited on the Today Show to speak about her experience. “For some fool reason, they always lead you right up over the biggest rock to the top of the biggest mountain they can find”.

When asked for hiking tips, she said, “Make a rain cape, and an over the shoulder sling bag, and buy a sturdy pair of Keds tennis shoes. Stop at local groceries and pick up Vienna sausages… most everything else to eat you can find beside the trail”.


By the age of 75, she had hiked the Appalachian Trail three times, making her the first person to do so. She also walked the 2,000 mile Oregon Trail from Missouri to Oregon averaging 22 miles a day and traveled to every state in the country during her lifetime.


Personally, I think Keds should dedicate their next campaign to the story of Grandma Gatewood!

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After I read this article I just thought…wow, this woman was determined and nothing was going to stop her from accomplishing her goals.  She DARED GREATLY!!!  What an inspiration!  What holds you back from accomplishing a goal?  What are you afraid of?  Get out there and do it….if Grandma Gatewood could do it at her age…so can you!!!

A goal I have for this summer….hike Mount Washington!  I have lived in New England the majority of my life and have yet to hike the tallest mountain in the North East.  I am nervous and excited all at the same time.  I no longer want to look back and say….I wish I had done that….now is the time!