Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sliding Barn Door

I have another finished project! I've been wanting to make a sliding barn door for the laundry room since we moved in last year. The swinging door that was there blocked a closet in the laundry room when opened. For convenience, I took the old door off, planning to put up a sliding one. Now - a year later - it's done!

Making this barn door was pretty simple. It took much longer to measure, decide on the style, and paint than it took me to actually build it. Since you can find instructions on building your own barn door all over Pinterest, I'm not going into detail on how I did it. Here's the door before painting.

And here is the finished/painted door.

I absolutely love it! I don't know why I waited so long to get this done.

The sliding door hardware I ordered online from Home Depot. It was much less expensive than anywhere else I checked, and it works just fine.

Now on to the 300 other projects on my list.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Before and After

I finally have our first before and after photo for the new house! We have been working on several things - especially outside - but this is the first room that is completely finished. I absolutely HATED the tile in the girls' bathroom when we moved in. It was plain, stark white square tiles, and the grout (which used to be white) was pretty stained. But after tearing out the old tile in our rental last fall, replacing it was the LAST thing I wanted to do. Here is the only real before pic I have (it's from the listing).

So I decided I'd try to work with it. The biggest problem was the grout - after a thorough cleaning, it was still gross. As a last resort, I tried Grout Renew from Home Depot. That stuff is amazing...the grout was white again! Then I painted the walls white. At this point, Savannah started complaining about all the white. I believe she said, "You paint EVERYTHING white!", but I convinced her to give it a chance. So here is the new girls' bathroom.

It sorta reminds me of a gas station bathroom now...

I love the "vintage" sign.

New cabinet pulls

A battery operated essential oil diffuser

It glows and changes color in the dark.

Savannah insisted I replace the toilet seat with a new light-up one...didn't take a pic of that though.

Next we will be finishing the outside before the weather gets too cold. After that I'll be doing more of the inside stuff - and there is LOTS of stuff to be done.