Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Demo Day.....Upstairs Bathroom

Hi All,
The weather has been some what nice here in Florida. So I figured today would be a great day to share a behind the scenes makeover. October 5th marked our 16th year living in our home. The house had great potential and good bones, but it needed a lot of work. Did I mention it was the worst house on the block in a nice neighborhood? Over the years we have tackled so many diy projects and our "Haunted House" as the neighbors called it is looking really good. Sure we still have other projects we need to tackle, but bit by bit the finish line to our diy projects is getting a lot closer. YAY!!! Now for the upstairs bathroom...

This is how the bathroom looked when we purchased the house 16 years ago. The wallpaper and vanity screams 1980's. Since the bathroom was functional we sorta put it on the back burner to take care of more pressing projects. Eventually we did a mini makeover on the space. We removed the wallpaper, upgraded the light fixture, replaced the vanity mirror and painted the walls. Sorry no pics.

I like the gold faucet but I won't be keeping it because it is rather worn. Bomber. I never stopped liking gold fixtures even when the trend switched to pewter, nickle, and chrome. How about that vanity? Not!!!! The hubby decided that he would build a brand spanking new one to take it's place.

That wall paper appears to be endless!!! Yikes!!! It's gotta go too! I see it's leaving now!!! lol

Demolition went fairly easy. The hubs removed the vanity, and the toilet, then he busted up the tile floor. We will be keeping the pictures and the mirror. Those items were purchased when we did the mini makeover.

Once the demo was complete the Hubs dry fitted the tile. He decided to lay the tile in the standard layout since the bathroom is not that big. In this case a simple layout is best.

The light fixture is a keeper. It was one of the items purchased for our mini makeover also.

So what do you think so far? This is the Hubs second tile job and he rocked it out like a true professional, if I must say so myself. The demo has been done and the tile is finished. Next up, an easy bathroom vanity that you'll love.

Go out and make today a GREAT  day!!!


Monday, October 3, 2016

We've Only Just Begun....

Happy Monday everyone, I have been a really busy Bee lately. So, today I am going to be sharing what's been happening behind the scenes. A few months ago I took the plunge and decided to take my decorating business to the next level, by going full time. There has been so much to do and learn. Need I say more!!!

Art anyone? To find out more about this artwork, keep scrolling!!!!

I needed to redesign my business cards, so the Hubs and I came up with this super simple but stylish card and Vistaprint did a wonderful job printing them, if I must say so myself. (phone number left off intentionally) (I am not affiliated with Vistaprint.) We are also in the process of building our website, and to keep cost down the Hubs and I decided that we would try and build it ourselves. Lord have mercy!!! I know decorating, but I don't know web design. tehehehe!!!

I chose to do a double sided business card, so on the back of the card I added one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Seuss.This quote is a friendly reminder to me that's it's OK to be different!!!

Did I mention that I opened an Etsy Shop too? Yep, I sure did, and the name of my shop is VanGoHome. I launched the shop in late June and I have been busy creating beautiful one of a kind items for your home. Below are a few goodies that are trending on the site NOW!!!

All boxed up and ready to go, this sunflower wreath never made it to my shop. It was purchased before I had a chance to upload it to the site! YAY!!!

The homeowner loved it so much she sent me a pic upon arrival. I think it compliments the red door quite nicely.

I take the liberty of naming my wreaths, don't ask me why, I just do.

This wreath is breath taking! It reminds me of Old Hollywood, Harlem Nights and the Roaring Twenties all rolled into one. This wreath would add a bit of sparkle, glamour and folly to your covered porch. You will be the envy of the neighborhood with this wreath. So, buy it today! Was that a good "Pitch or what? lol!

The pheasant feathers, fall leaves and scrumptious rust colored bows gives this wreath an amazing presence. This wreath is one of my faves and I wish you could see it up close and in person.

The shop also carries some amazing photographic art!!! This piece was taken by my Son at Polytechnic University in Lakeland Florida. This school is a must see, if you are ever in the Lakeland  Florida area. The architecture is AMAZING!!!

And last but not least, some info pertaining to the first picture on this post. Can you believe that I painted this piece all by myself.? This was my very first time trying my hand at painting. Not to shabby huh? This artwork is called "African Warrior", And if you look closely, you will see how I manipulated the piece to add depth, dimension and texture. This piece was painted to look as though this warrior had really been in a fight.So what do you think about all my behind the scenes mayhem? Honestly, I am worn out, but on the flip side I am super excited because I am doing what I truly love to do.  Here's the link to my Etsy Shop!