10 of the Best Coffee Bars

We’ve been working hard over here trying to get our bathroom makeover finished and will hopefully have the final reveal for you in the next day of two.  However, since I’ve kind of been a blog slacker since the new year, I decided that I should post something fun and pretty for you guys in the meantime.  Our coffee bar is one of the best things we’ve ever put together.  It is so nice to have everything corralled together and has honestly saved us money, since we no longer make daily trips to the popular coffee shops! Check out 10 of the Best Coffee Bars I’ve found!

  1. AKA Design

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2. At the Picket Fence

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3. Seeking Lavender Lane

SLL Coffee Bar

4. At Home With the Barkers

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5. Refresh Restyle

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6. Little Red Brick House

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7. Elizabeth Joan Designs

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8. Liz Marie Blog

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9. A Shade of Teal

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10. Nelly Friedel

Nelly Friedel Coffee Bar

Which one is your favorite?  Do you have your own coffee bar?

$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


$100 Room Challenge: Week 2 – Plans and Paint

So, I’m a little bit late to the game for week 2 of the $100 Room Challenge. Which means that there will be two updates this week for you! To start off, check out our plans and paint for our bathroom makeover!

THE PLAN

During week 1, I shared all of the eerie before photos and this lovely mood board. We are only working with $100 to get our bathroom looking pretty, so we are going to need to get creative with how we achieve this look.

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Here’s our to-do list and we have a few of the items already finished:

  • 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

THE PAINT

Last week our house was struck with a stomach bug that had our little guy out of commission for almost 7 days. With only one bathroom in the house, it was hard to try and get all of the painting done in the midst gastrointestinal explosions. (Too much? Sorry.) Anyway, we finally finished after 7 million coats.

Bathroom Plans and Paint Benjamin Moore Pale Oak

OK.  That may be a bit of an exaggeration. We did have to go over the cabinets, doors, and trim quite a few times (4-6 depending on the surface) to cover the existing stain.  We started by sanding everything to rough up the surfaces.  Next, we applied 1-2 coats of Zinsser primer. Then, we painted on top of that with Behr Pure White semi-gloss paint, which was left over from our daughter’s bedroom makeover.

Bathroom Paint Colors

Because we are working with a pretty tight budget for this makeover, we decided to get our Benjamin Moore Pale Oak paint color matched to Glidden Semi Gloss. This ended up saving us some dough! To save even more money, we spray painted the existing hardware with Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze, which was also left over from previous projects.

Bathroom Paint Rustoleum Oil Rubbed Bronze

We are really liking the Pale Oak paint color on the walls.  It is a lovely neutral greige and seems to add a little warmth the cool white paint in the room.

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

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!


$100 Room Challenge: Week 1 – Bathroom on a Budget

We’ve been slowly moving along on our progress at The Country House since fall.  With all of the holidays, birthdays, etc., it has been hard to get a lot done, but we’ve made a little dent in the dining room, which I will be sharing soon. However, today I wanted to share our newest plans with you for our bathroom! I’m all about saving money, so this will be a bathroom on a budget!

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And as you may have guessed from the title and graphic above, this bathroom makeover with also be part of the $100 Room Challenge. I’m so excited to be joining my friend Erin from Lemons, Lavender, and Laundry who is the brains behind this challenge. (Thanks, Erin for the invitation!) The gist of the challenge is pretty simple: makeover a room for only $100 in only 4 weeks.  Click over to Erin’s blog for more detailed info.

Behold, THE bathroom!

That’s right. There is currently only ONE in our home.

$100 Room Challenge Bathroom Before

In its current state, our bathroom is blah and boring.

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We are not huge fans of the cherry colored stain on the doors and vanity.

Small Bathroom Sink

The flooring is pretty UGH too.

Bathroom Vanity

The thrown itself is tucked back behind the tub/shower and even though you can not tell from this photo, it is kind of a black hole back there.  (The only lights in the room are above the sink.)

Bathroom Toilet Storage

So, as you can see, we have a ton that we need to do in here to bring things up to date and to mesh with our personal style.

Below is the mood board that I whipped up for this challenge. If we were to buy all of these items, we would go way over our $100 budget! The paint alone will probably knock out 1/3 of that amount! However, we are a crafty/thrifty family and are going to get pretty creative with this makeover. Wish us luck!

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Sources:  Mirror | Robe Hook | Ladder | Hand Towel | Faux Plant

Over the next 4 weeks, I will be sharing our plans and progress with you.  Think we can pull this off?

Week 1 | Week 2 | Week 3 | Week 4

Don’t forget to check out the other participants in this challenge and see all the amazing/budget friendly designs and ideas these bloggers are coming up with!