We moved into our house a little over a year ago. I LOVE my house, but there are a few things that needed and still need changing. One of them is the boys bathroom. It used to be a girls bathroom from the previous owners, as evident from this pic here from the girly chandeliers. It also had white cabinets and a very outdated counter.
I have been wanting to make this bathroom over for awhile now. And finally a couple of weeks ago, my younger son had a water bottle with his name written with Sharpie on the bottom and it made a perfect transfer onto the counter.
I would like to say I tried everything to get it off but truly, it is an opportunity like this that sparks the fire for such a project.
I usually hate prepping a project but this one didn't have that much and went really fast. Here's a good tip: Aluminum foil molds to things really well and makes a great covering for fixtures.
Frog tape is the BEST tape and allows for very little leaking. I was told from the guy at Home Depot that if you wipe it with a wet rag first, there is virtually no leaks. He was right. This tape expands when wet so if you wipe it down first, it provides a barrier before any paint is applied. AWESOME!
I used this 1-2-3 primer from Home Depot. It has a glue base and sticks to everything!! I applied two coats to the counter, meanwhile painting the cabinets while waiting for coats to dry.
The picture below shows counter totally primed and cabinets all painted grey.
After the grey had dried, I applied a brown glaze over the cabinet edges. Just to give a bit of definition to the edges. I love how they turned out! To seal them, I applied 2 thin coats of satin polyurethane. Be sure to open windows, that stuff can make you dizzy!
Meanwhile, I applied the first coat of paint on the counter. I chose a stone spray paint. I have to admit that I was really nervous about the results and the whole concept of spray paint as a counter BUT, after applying a test coat on a sheet of cardboard, I knew it would work.
While waiting for coats to dry, I also changed the color of the mirror that was hanging on the wall. I had this grey terra cotta left over from a different project that worked really well for this mirror. It has a great texture to it.
And... another coat to the counter.
2 coats of paint for the cabinets, 1 coat of glaze, 2 coats spray paint and 4 coats gloss polyurethane to seal, AND 2 coats of terra cotta paint (and a partridge in a pear tree).
And to finish off a long weekend project, a new coat of paint for the walls, of course some new lights, a new red valence, red rug, red hand towels, and counter accessories. Oh... and light switch covers to match the stone counter. Total cost: about $100. Granted I had some paint already in my stash but pretty good overall.
Little red bird under a chair
Waiting for the crumbs to fall
Daddy said "Get a job"
Well don't you see, Daddy, how good I am at catching crumbs?
Those are the lyrics from the Dave Matthews song, "LIttle Red Bird"
I just happen to like that song, I'm not quite sure why. It came into my head when I was hurrying to get this picture before the bird flew away.
This little red bird happens to be a male cardinal, sitting on the branches of a palo verde tree. Great contrast of complimentary colors.
I do wish that Mr. Cardinal happened to be looking my way but you take what life hands you and you make the best you can out of it.
Maybe that's what the song is about.
This past weekend was my son's 8th birthday. Even through household sickness all week, it was a successful party.
A pre-party table. Just a few more food items and it was ready to go. My son's birthday usually coincides with the Superbowl so this year we decided to combine the two. Something for the dad's to do and all the kids were pretty happy for an extra long party.
Angry Bird cake
Cake pops were a bigger hit than the cake. Not to say that none ate the cake but if I would have just done the pops, it would have been fine.
(note to self)
It was the first time I had done the pops. Pretty easy overall but I'm sure glad I watched the You Tube video (Baking with Sugar) first. Saved me much frustration when the first one fell to pieces in the chocolate.
*If yours fall apart, simply add a touch of vegetable shortening to the melted chocolate. This makes for a much smoother consistency.
All the kids together. I think the only reason I got all of them to sit was because this was a pre-sugar picture.
Overall, a great party. It takes most of my time to prep for the kids party but well worth it.
Although, I look forward to getting back to my art this week.
It's the beginning of a new month again and that means one thing! Journaling letters for all the kids go out today!
In case you are unfamiliar, these little gems are sold as a package deal. You order the journal, completely customized, and then each month for a year a new prompt (idea) is mailed. Art for a whole year!! What kid wouldn't love that? And there is an adult version too.You can check out the details here.