• Family, Kids, Pets,  Life & Family,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    New Laminate Wood Flooring

    If you follow me over on Instagram, then you’ve probably already heard that while I was away the other weekend, my hubby installed new laminate wood flooring in our house. I was so excited to come home and see what he had done!

    New Wood Laminate Flooring

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    You may be wondering why we decided to redo the floors in the entire house. Especially, since I talked about trying to save money doing “Chapter 1” upgrades here at The Country House. You may also be puzzled if you remember that we added in peel and stick flooring in our daughter’s Tween Bedroom Makeover a few months ago.

    Wood Laminate Floors

    It basically comes down to a couple of reasons.

    1. The light beige carpet in our main living area was getting destroyed thanks to our sweet pup, Harper, and muddy shoes. (It wasn’t in perfect condition to start with.) As of right now, we only use our front door to go in and out of the house. Since this winter’s weather has been so crazy, certain areas outside are super muddy. I can only imagine it will get muddier this spring!

    We knew that we didn’t want our carpet to always look dirty and figured non-carpeted floors would be easier keep clean.

    Country House Home Tour Before

    2. Initially, we planned on installing peel and stick planks only in certain rooms and leaving the cream carpets alone. Once we knew we wanted new floors for the whole house, we started to question if we loved the flooring in our daughter’s room. It is not bad by any means. However, the color is a bit darker than we really wanted in a hallway and bathroom with no natural light.

    One Room Challenge Tween Bedroom Reveal

    So, after some deliberation…

    We decided to go with the same flooring we had installed in The City House. (TrafficMASTER Lakeshore Pecan Laminate from The Home Depot.) We really loved the look of the wide planks and the color was just the neutral we wanted. Plus, it is one of the most inexpensive options they have, which made us feel a little bit better about replacing those peel and stick planks.

    Lakeshore Pecan TrafficMASTER Laminate Flooring

    Right now, about half of the house is finished and it has already made a huge difference. We do have a couple of area rugs to add some coziness in the rooms, as well as absorb some noise.

    Wood Laminate Floors Rug

    My Roomba has also saved a lot of time sweeping, so we are mostly just giving things a quick mop if they get muddy.

    Roomba Cleaning Laminate Floors

    We really love the new floors and so do our fur babies. This is the newest addition to our little growing farm.  His name is Tim Tom and he is a Holland Lop bunny. (We are thinking we would like to give him a new name, but have yet to figure out what that might be.)

    Bunny Rabbit Broken Blue Point

    What do you think of these new floors?

  • Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    Dining Room Progress

    As promised earlier this week on Instagram, I’m back to share our dining room progress with you. This room is definitely looking a lot better than when we first moved in. However, there are still quite a few things that we would like to do in this room before we would consider it finished. Let’s check it out.

    The Country House: Dining Room Progress

    Here’s what our dining room looked like on move in day, before we filled it up with furniture.

    Country House Home Tour Before Dining Room

    We’ve since installed a simple chandelier and added faux wood blinds (like the ones we put in our daughter’s room) on the windows. I’m not a huge fan of blinds, but they help provide a some shade during the bright parts of the day.  I would really love some long drapey curtains. Unfortunately, those are not an option as of yet, but I’m brainstorming ideas on how I can make them work around our electric baseboard heaters

    Dining Room Chandelier and Picture Window

    I also decided to draw some lines on the wall to mimic the shiplap-look.  I’m a bit of a commitment-a-phobe when it comes to major home changes, so when I saw that my blogging friend, Lauren from Bless’er House, had done something similar, I thought I would give this a try. I know that some people are so over shiplap, but we still think it is pretty awesome. Plus, this wall treatment was FREE!

    Our coffee bar was moved over to the longer wall underneath our stenciled wreath display I made for the holidays.

    Dining Room Coffee Bar

    This space is slowly coming together, but there are still some projects and things to be done, like:

    • Add shiplap to the wall
    • Figure out some sort of new wall decor to replace the seasonal wreath display
    • Paint the trim and walls
    • Add curtains
    • Finish making over a table that I found for a steal on Craigslist
    • Build (or buy) a buffet
    • Change out the flooring

    Dining Room Progress To Do List

    What do you think of the current state of our dining room?  We are pretty happy with where things are right now, but are looking forward to more changes!

  • Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 4 – Bathroom Makeover Reveal

    Our bathroom makeover for the $100 Room Challenge is finally finished! Those 4 weeks went super fast and even though we were dragging our feet the entire time, it is so nice to be done. Behold, the bathroom makeover reveal!

    Bathroom Makeover For $100

    Trying to do a complete bathroom overhaul on just $100 is a lot harder than it seems! As originally mentioned, the paint alone was going to cost a decent portion of that price. Luckily, we were able to use some leftover paint from previous projects.

    Here’s the list of things we wanted to accomplish:

    • Paint the walls
    • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
    • Spray paint door hardware
    • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet
    • Get wire baskets for storage
    • Add a recessed light above the toilet area
    • Make a frame for the existing mirror
    • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
    • Add hooks for towels
    • Decorate with items already owned

    Let’s take a trip back down memory lane to see where we started…

    $100 Room Challenge Bathroom Before Bathroom Toilet Storage

    Kind of meh, right? Even though the walls were white, the color of the stain on the wood and the lack of lighting made the room feel dungeon-y. This room is also hard to photograph with so many angles and no natural light.

    White Gray Bathroom

    Lighten and Brighten

    Brightening the room was an easy fix with some new paint for the walls, vanity, doors, and even the door handles. (See the paint colors we chose by clicking here.)

    Boxwood Wreath Linen Closet

    The addition of a recessed light in the ceiling over in the toilet nook also brightened things up. (My hubby did all of the electrical stuff, saving us some money.)

    Recessed Lighting in Bathroom

    Decor & Storage

    I’m loving how our ladder turned out. In my last update, I shared how we made it. Since then, I’ve stained it using Minwax Jacobean Wood Stain and went over that with a white wash and orange wash of acrylic paint.

    Storage Ladder Above Toilet

    I really wanted this ladder to be decorative and also a place for some added storage. We can easily hang an extra hand towel over the rungs. As for the basket, I made it myself using wire mesh which only cost a dollar or two. I found an excellent tutorial for wire baskets from Four Corners Design.

    Storage Ladder in Bathroom

    We also added a double robe hook on the wall next to the shower and a single hook for hand towels next to the sink. Previously, there was nowhere to hang a towel in the room and they would either pile up on the floor or be flung over the shower curtain rod. Neither of those was a good option, so I’m glad we now have a designated spot to put them.

    Oil Rubbed Bronze Robe Hooks Ladder

    We brought in some more warmth to the room by framing out the builder grade mirror with wood. I used the same stain/acrylic paint combo for the frame so that it would mesh well with the ladder. This gives the room a more custom feel.

    Stained Wood Framed Mirror

    As you can see from the photo above, we also have a shower curtain in here now. This is the shower curtain that we’ve had since we moved to The Country House. I wasn’t sure if we would be able to squeeze a new one in the budget (we weren’t able to), so it wasn’t in the before photos.

    White Bathroom Vanity

    In addition to the new recessed lighting, the hubs was also able to replace the light switches/plate, add a new thermostat, and update the GFCI outlet.

    Mason Jar Bathroom Storage

    To add to the farmhouse feel, I used some old glass jars with lids to corral Q-tips and cotton balls. I also added my favorite JR Watkins hand soap.

    Bath Soap

    That pretty much wraps up this room. For now. We still have plans to replace the flooring, find hardware for the cabinets, add another recessed light above the shower, and switch out the faucets on the sink and bathtub. Plus, I would like to add some kind of artwork/ wall decor. But that will have to wait because our $100 has been spent.

    So, how much did we spend on this room makeover?

    Good question. Let’s add things up!

    Wall Paint (Benjamin Moore Pale Oak color matched to Glidden Duo) – $24.97
    Door, Trim, and Cabinet Paint (extra leftover from our Daughter’s Bedroom Makeover) – $0
    Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze Spray Paint for Door Knobs (used leftovers) – $0
    Wood for Ladder – $5.40
    Wood for Mirror – $5.40
    Minwax Stain (already owned, used on this project) – $0
    White and Orange Acrylic paint (already owned) – $0
    Part of a Roll of Wire Mesh – $2
    Recessed Light Set – $10.98
    Double Robe Hook – $3.25
    Single Robe Hook – $3.25
    Light Switches – $1.34
    Switch Plate – $0.52
    GFCI Outlet – $12.99
    Thermostat – $14.64
    Toilet Tank Handle – $18.08
    Total – $102.82

    We were just a tiny bit over budget! These numbers are very close, if not exactly what the price was, not including tax. Did you see the last item I threw in there? Yeah. During the process of this makeover, our toilet tank handle broke, so we had to grab a new one.

    I would also like to note that we already owned all of the tools to get this DIYing done (paint brushes, drop clothes, saws, a current indicator for the electrical work, etc.) so we didn’t have to spend extra money on that.

    Let’s get one more look at the before and after.

    Small Makeover for Bathroom on a Budget

    Bathroom Makeover Reveal For $100

    We are truly loving the state of the bathroom now! It is welcoming and with the room lightened up, it is really a lot easier to keep clean (i.e. I can see the dirt.) What do you think? Not too shabby, right?

    Did you miss a week of this makeover? Catch up below.

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

    And don’t forget to check out all of the amazing makeovers that my friends have done!

  • Build It Yourself,  Room Makeovers,  The Country House

    $100 Room Challenge: Week 3 – Bathroom Progress

    We are in the midst of week 3 of the $100 Room Challenge and we still have so much to do! Earlier this week, I shared our plans for the room, as well as the paint colors we chose. Getting the painting done made a huge impact on the brightness in the room.  We’ve made a little more bathroom progress since then, but our list still has quite a few projects on it and we are running out of time! Eek!

    Bathroom Progress DIY Ladder

    This week, we were able to build a ladder that goes around/above our toilet. It was so easy to put together and cost us less than $5 for the wood! You may be wondering why I wanted to add a ladder to the bathroom. I’m hoping that it will bring in some color once it is stained and be a place for added storage by hanging baskets on it.

    Storage Ladder in Bathroom

    To build this puppy, we started out with 2 –  2″x3″ pine boards cut to 6′ in length and 3 – 1 1/8″ dowels cut to 24″.  This dowel width allowed for the ladder to easily fit around the sides of our toilet tank. Then, my hubs used a 1 1/8″ paddle drill bit to create holes in the long boards and we just pushed the dowels in through the holes until they came out to the edge. So simple!

    Easy Build Ladder

    I know that is not a lot of progress for this week and this coming weekend I’m heading to The Bahamas! Woohoo!  Meanwhile, my loving husband will be sticking it out at home with the kids and doing the electrical work for the bathroom. (Outlets, lighting, etc.) Then, when I get back, it will be a race to finish up the rest of the room!

    Bathroom Progress Electrical Work

    Let’s check on the to-do list and see how much we have left!

    • Paint the walls
    • Paint the doors/trim/vanity cabinet
    • Spray paint door hardware
    • Build a ladder to put around/above the toilet.
    • Get wire baskets for storage
    • Add a can light above the toilet area
    • Make a frame for the existing mirror
    • Replace light switches/plates/GFCI outlet/thermostat
    • Add hooks for towels
    • Decorate with items already owned

    Yikes! The list is still pretty hefty.  Pray for a miracle that we will be able to pull this off in time! Oh, and check out the other participants to see how their room makeovers are coming along.

    Did you miss last week’s post? Follow along with our progress by clicking the links to each week below!

    Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4