Bathroom vanity makeover

Since the moment I knew we were buying this house I was prepared to somehow someway do a revamp on the spare bathroom vanity. It was an ugly basic oak colored cabinet. I would love to be able to rip the whole thing out & replace it with a nice new crisp white cabinet, but money doesn’t grow on trees..

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I knew we needed an inexpensive fix. So, of course, I resorted to Pinterest right away. I found a beautiful vanity someone had painted with chalk paint, and glazed with a clear & dark wax mix.

We have a local store here in my hometown called The Weathered Home who sells all sorts of chalk paint and they sell furniture they have refinished with it as well. Basically they’re experts at this sort of thing. I went and talked to them, told them the vision for my vanity, and they hooked me right up! If you live local, I suggest going to check them out. I’ve never had a bad experience shopping there and they’re SO helpful! They even told me that if I needed any help to give them a call AND if it’s a real disaster they make house visits to help people in dire need (I was worried that was going to be me, praise the Lord it wasn’t, though)! How neat is that??

What really sold me on the whole chalk paint idea was there is no prep work besides cleaning the vanity before painting! I hate sanding sooo much, so this was PERFECT for me!

I didn’t have anything for this project, not even the paint brushes but overall it only cost me a little over $60.00.

I bought:
1. One full quart of Chalk paint
2. 2 oz tub of clear wax
3. 2 oz tub of dark wax
4. One regular paint brush (any size you prefer)
5. A chip paint brush
6. A screwdriver (if you plan on replacing/removing the hardware) **you can paint your hardware if you want them to be the same color as the vanity**
All the chalk paint I used was from The Weathered Home. The brand was Debi’s Design DIY Diary. If you live local, go buy your paint at The Weathered Home. If not, shop the paint here.

The Process:
-I started by cleaning the vanity real good. I’m sure just using a simply Lysol wipe would do the trick, but I wanted to make sure it was super clean (I’m OCD when it comes to this kind of stuff) so I used my Lysol with bleach cleaner with a warm wet rag. I let that dry & then began painting!

-I started with the chalk paint, I ended up having to do three layers of paint. I did the first layer pretty thin,  and let it dry for about an hour. The second and third coats I did much thicker and let each dry for a full 24 hours. I still have a half a quart left. This stuff went a long way! I was impressed.

-After the third coat was good and dry, I went section by section, got my chip brush and put a solid thin layer of the clear wax over the vanity. I then dipped my brush in the dark wax and put it right over the clear & worked the two together. I had a old tee shirt handy in case the wax got to wipe the wax off right away if it got too dark. Don’t freak if it does get dark, it wipes off super easy! I did this in sections slowly working my way around the whole vanity.

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Side notes:
– I wanted my vanity to stay light & not get super dark on the flat surfaces so each time I used the dark wax I barley dipped it in and brushed it on. On the crevices I used a little bit more wax because I wanted those to be a tad bit darker.

 

The Finished Product!
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Hey y’all! I feel like I’ve been a little MIA the past two weeks, life has been absolutely crazy!
Here’s a little update on life lately.
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We purchased our first home together / We are officially homeowners together! Moving makes me never want to move again. Props to the people who do it with children & way more stuff than what we had. I feel so blessed and thankful every day that we are lucky enough to have this beautiful home we live in, and I can’t wait to share more pictures once we start getting things decorated around here.

I am officially a Certified Redken Specialist / After four days and a full 24 hours of class, I am a certified! For me, this is a big accomplishment. The class was an hour and a half away and I knew no one. I get totally uncomfortable in situations where I don’t know anyone, especially in a town I’m unfamiliar with, BUT this class was so worth it! I learned so much and I feel like I’m a 100 percent better stylist after completing it. Everyone there was extremely nice, I never once felt uncomfortable. Redken is such an amazing company. I can’t wait to further my education with them!

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I got braces / Yes, it’s terrible. What 22 year old wants braces again? I seriously look just like I did when I was 15 and had them. Long story short, I grind my teeth a night and my alignment’s off, so I had to get braces! Hopefully once they’re off I will no longer wake my husband up every night by grinding my teeth. It won’t totally solve the problem, but it will definitely make it better than it is right now. I can’t help but think when we’re out in public people think I’m Mikes little sister rather than his wife. My 9 year old little brother got them too so at least I’m not the only one in the family with them (who cares that he’s 9 and I’m 22, right?)!img_3682

We bought a puppy / She will be ready to come home with us November 9th and I’m sooo freaking excited. You have no idea how long I have waited to finally be able to say I have a puppy that is MINE. I know Susie’s mine, and don’t get me wrong I love her sooo much, BUT I’ve dreamed of having a pup that I chose & picked out since I was in third grade! Do yall have any good name suggestions for a puppy?? I’m wanting a spunky, unusual name. I can’t wait to have our little princess home with us so I can have two sweet fur babies! I think Susie’s excited to get a little sister, too! I can’t wait to see what she thinks about the puppy. I don’t think Mike’s quite as excited as I am, but I know she will steal her heart the moment he holds her.

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We fenced in our backyard / I’m oh so happy that we chose to do this. It’s SO nice to be able to throw the ball with Susie without having to worry about her running off after a bird or squirrel. She’s definitely able to get more energy out because we will are able to play with her so much more! Who knew I would be so happy and excited to have a fence??

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PS. I have to give a little shout-out to my husband. He works so hard to provide for us and he’s always so supportive of everything I do. He’s so encouraging and he truly pushes me to reach for my goals. I’m thankful for that man every day!

What I read in September / Book reviews

Those girls by Chevy Stevens

Those Girls
About the book:
Those girls is about three sisters who have lived an awful life. Their Mother passed away early in their lives and their father wasn’t around much. When he was around, he was extremely abusive. One night things got out of hand, and the girls had to flee. They found themselves in a small town, where things only  got worse. As soon as they got out of the situation they were in, they found themselves in a new town where they started fresh, or so they thought. One of the sisters went missing, and they found themselves reliving their past all over again.

My Review: Here i go raving about Chevy Stevens again. I’m telling you, she’s freaking brilliant. If you can’t tell by now, I love her. All of her books have been excellent. Those girls did not disappoint. It’s definitely one of her better novels she’s written. It’s rare that I actually cry for characters or get angry at them while reading a book. This one got me though, the things these girls went through in their lives makes me feel sick. It’s sad to think that something like this book can happen, and might have already happened, in real life. The strength the girls had was inspiring. I loved the book. Five out of five stars.

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight 

Reconstructing Amelia
About the Book: Kate is a single Mother who is trying to raise her daughter to the best of her ability. One day she gets a phone call that her daughter has cheated on a test (which is so unlike Amelia) and Kate needed to come pick her up ASAP. When Kate got to the school, there was a girl who had jumped off of the roof of the building, and died. It was Amelia. The police decided Amelia had committed suicide. Amelia and Kate were close, Amelia told Kate everything. Kate knew her daughter did not kill herself and she was determined to prove it. What she uncovered was shocking.

My review: This book was super hard for me to get into, I honestly had to force myself to finish it. I kept telling myself it would get better, but it kind of drug itself out. I love psychological thrillers, and that’s what I was expecting this book to be. I think this is more along the lines of something I would have read when I was sixteen. While I thought it did a good job of explaining how mean high school girls can be, I had a really hard time relating to this book. It didn’t take me long to read just because I wanted to hurry up and get through it. I’m sure others loved it, but it wasn’t what I’m into.  If you’re into low reading level, high school drama books, this ones for you. I’m giving this one star out of five.

Hello October

https://i2.wp.com/kaylaaimee.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/Anne-OctoberPrint.jpg?resize=332%2C415My favorite season of the year is finally here, fall! I love October because it’s not so scorching hot, but not quite cold enough to break out the heavy winter jackets. Plus I love to watch how the leaves change in October. Mike and I always drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to see all the beautiful scenery fall brings.

Since it’s a new month and Mike & I are getting settled in a new house amongst all sorts of other new things in our lives, I decided I would make a list of October goals. I’m hoping doing this will motivate me to actually do the things on it! These aren’t major life changing goals, but they’re things I want to do this month.

  1. Start knitting again. (I know, I’m a Grandma)
  2. Read at least three books.
  3. Walk around the neighborhood with Susie at least 3 or more days a week
  4. Get blinds & pick out a paint color for our living room
  5. Try out 4 new recipes
  6. Carve a pumpkin with my husband

I love hearing all about other peoples goals so make sure you let me know what yours are for October in the comments!