Upcoming Tour...mark your calendars

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?? {gulp} I haven't even posted photos of my little fall home tour yet.  I will try to take some photos and post soon. I just need to do the dreaded task of...cleaning. ugh.

I really better post fall photos soon because day after Thanksgiving my mind is going to be consumed of only Christmas decorating.

I am so honored to announce that I'll be joining 10 other creative/talented bloggers in the second annual 12 Days Of Christmas Tour of Homes again. I am hoping to do a little change ups here and there from last year and maybe a couple diy crafts.

Last year

The tour will start on December 1st with the lovely Jenny of Evolution of Style  (my tour will be December 12th) and on December 16th, YOU can link up YOUR holiday home tour. I'm super excited and hope that you'll join in on the tours and link up your home at the end.


Break Down on a DIY Bar Makeover

Today I will break down how we made over our bar area in our family room.

To recap this was what the bar looked like when we purchased the home (built 1980)

 And the after:

We started by ripping EVERYTHING out.

 Leaving it a complete empty shell.

Then my husband started making the lower shelves.

He built this part in the garage and then installed it into the space after. He used furniture grade 3/4" plywood. We had a sink in the previous bar but we felt it was never really needed, so instead of paying and hassling with getting rid of the pipes we built the insert out from the wall where the pipes were capped off. You can see in the photo below there's a little gap in the back.

Then the trim was placed around the edge of the outer areas of the base. He used preprimed mdf in 1x2 and 1x3 trim pieces. And we started the planking of the top half using mdf planks 1x4 size. Fyi, these are quite beefy planks and there are more options out there. We used pine planks in our daughters' bathroom and those are the ones with knots and flaws, so it depends on the look you are after. ( disregard the the diagonal piece of wood on top of base, it was just resting there)

Then triangle cuts were made for the corners to hold the countertop, and a ledge base was built for the shelf.

Sorry, I was really bad about taking better photos of all the steps but let me try to break down what happened next.

A trim piece was made for below the cabinet and for in front of the middle shelf. Then I painted and painted. The lower half was painted with Benjamin Moore's Satin Impervo (which we use on all our moldings in the house)  and the top half (the planking) was painted with Benjamin Moore's Super White, which is the same we used for our walls and ceiling in this room.

Now for the countertop... any guesses what I used? I am hoping it's not too obvious. It's plywood! I went back and forth on what to use for this countertop, and finding what I wanted in this small of space was not easy. I wanted a ceasarstone quartz originally and they don't sell by half sheet. No bueno. I could've tried to find some sort of remnant but I didn't want to feel pressured to just pick something.
Also, I wrote in another post that this bar area is right next to our open kitchen/family room area. I have high hopes to redo our kitchen one day, and I want to have this countertop be the same or coordinate with what I choose for the kitchen. I am still a little wishy-washy on what I want to use in my "someday" kitchen remodel, so I didn't want to buy something that I will be possibly be ripping out in a year or so.

I had come across this feature in Country Living months back and the home owner had painted plywood counters in their kitchen with chalkboard paint. It looked great! I thought what can it hurt, if I absolutely hate it and it looks ridiculous I will suck it up and find something else to fit here. But so far I really like it. It's a super great alternative for the time being until the kitchen is remodeled.

We put 3/4" trim around the top of the base so the counter top would be 1.5" above the base with the 3/4" plywood sitting on top. I painted the top with 3 coats of black chalk board paint and buffed it with Howard Citrus Wax found at Home Depot. I painted the bottom of the counterop white so if you were getting something from the shelf down below you wouldn't see the unfinished countertop bottom. A 1 1/2" trim piece was added to the countertop plywood and also painted and waxed.

Then we added the moldings around the whole bar opening. The floating shelves are the Holman Shelves from Pottery Barn, as well as the Savannah lidded baskets. The light it from School House Electric. The cocktail light is from Pottery Barn from years back.

That's about it... thanks for hanging in there with me. If I missed anything, let me know.


One Room Challenge- Week Six Final Reveal

My One Room Challenge of redoing our bar area is now complete! Whoo hoo! Let's celebrate with a drink shall we?

Guess I should show you some pictures first....

Here's a reminder of what it looked like before...

I'm so happy with how it turned out. It was quite a feat and I'll come back with more details. I just wanted to get this posted so you didn't think I just didn't finish it. Challenge completed!

If you are just tuning in and what to see how this progessed (quite slowly I must say) here's the break down:
week 1       week 2    week 3   week 4     week 5

Big THANK YOU to Linda at Calling it Home for hosting this amazingly fun challenge. Anyone that partakes in this challenge will tell you that there's nothing out there that will give you a bigger kick in the butt to get a project done than this. 

Please go check out Linda's featured 20 designers/bloggers end results <here>, and all the fellow linking bloggers <here>. There were so many this time around, it might take me a week to get through them all. I've seen some already and there are some really good ones! I'll also be sharing some of my favorites later.

Thanks again for following along with me in this challenge. I promise I'll be back with more information on how we completed this transformation. If you have any questions, let me know and I'll be sure to address them in my next post.



One Room Challenge- Week 5 Update

I am a day late and I wasn't going to even do a post for this week, but thought I'd better just let you know where things are at this  point.

Here's the progress of the bar...

 To remind you, this is what it looked like at last week's update post.

Look really close... do you see the progress? Get your face really close to the screen. Still don't see it? Okay, I'll give you a hint... there was no progress.

If you've been following my makeover of my bar area ( week 1, week 2, week 3week 4) for Calling it Home's  One Room Challenge Linking Party, you would know that most of this job is being done by my husband and it's pretty much a weekend(s) project. I think he's been doing a really great job, and am very happy with what has been done so far. 

However, we've hit some bumps along the way and if you read my week 3 post, one of my Grandmothers passed away. Her funeral was this past weekend and we spent the whole weekend spent with family. It was bittersweet time. While being completely sad to say goodbye to her, it felt good to be surrounded with family and share some laughs and memories.

Also, you may have heard about the incredibly senseless high school shooting in Washington state last Friday. This happened in a neighboring town and happened to take the life of a child that I know the parents and family of. It is so heartbreaking and unreal to me still. I simply can not imagine what all these families are going through right now, and the poor children that witnessed the event. My heart truly goes out to everyone involved. If you can send some prayers their way too, that would be wonderful.

So, you can see it was a sad and heavy heart kind of weekend, and the bar area did not get touched.
We will be working on it this weekend, and I am pretty sure it will be done by next Thursday. Again though if it's not... it's not. I am not going to stress about it.

Give you loved ones a hug and see you back here next week.


One Room Challenge Week 4

Week 4 here on the One Room Challenge of redoing our bar area. There has been some progress. I repeat there has been some progress.

As you can see the cabinet got a little trim work done, It still needs its shelf and then painting will start. The new light arrived from School House Electric. It's different than what I thought I was going to choose but decided with this one since it matches the same one I have in our hallway nearby.
In this photo it's a little hard to tell but the base in matte black and the stripes on the glass shade are also black, to me the photo looks brown.

Also, you can see the planking has started. I am super excited with this look. The planking will continue up on the ceiling as well.

So... the only thing in the way of us finishing this project on time is getting the counter. I am 95% sure I'm going with Ceasarstone in  honed Raven but am waiting to hear back on if I can this small of a piece and the price. I really need to get this counter thing done asap.

Things left to do:

finish planking
get countertop installed
assemble shelf and trim work around cabinet
install light
diy floating shelves and paint/install them

Is getting this all done in the next 2 weeks feasible?  Not sure but I am guessing it will really be down to the wire.

If you've missed any of my past week updates here they are:
Week 1 The plan
Week 2 demo/progress
Week 3 progess

To see the main 20 designers/bloggers progress from Calling it Home's ORC, check them out here, and to see my fellow linking partners check them out here.

By the way, I am hosting an online Younique party right now and I'd love for you to go HERE and check out the crazy good mascara that I use now. I'm sure you've heard that you should play up your best features, but sadly as I'm getting older my maybe once better features are fading fast, so why not play up your eyes? I can't tell you enough how this mascara lengthens and curls my lashes. It's GOOD. So check it out, my party closes very soon. Thanks!


Old Hollywood Home

I recently came upon photos of this Los Angeles home for sale (now sale pending) that I thought I'd share. This home is a little piece of old Hollywood. The exterior of this home was shot for the television show, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950's-60's. This was before my time, but the classic details of this home wins my heart.

It sold in 2013 for little over 3 million, now it's listed for 5 1/4 million!

You can see the photos of the house when it was listed in 2013, but looks to have been renovated since then.

 Everything was so nicely done, and well decorated. The only thing that would bother me is that honeycomb ceiling. What do you think? If you had 5 million laying around, would you purchase this home? You can see more from zillow here.

Btw... don't forget to check out my mascara post HERE. I'm hosting a online party, and I'd love it if you'd check it out. Thanks!


Mascara Dilemmas

If you don't mind I'm going to take a little detour from talking about interior design stuff and talk about mascara.

I've written before that I am a self-proclaimed cosmetic junkie. I have so many points at Sephora I don't even want to talk about it.

What I do want to talk about is mascara. I have not found a fantastic mascara that I keep coming back to over and over. I'm not faithful to any one brand, for none has made me love it enough to keep me from straying and trying others. Sure I've found some that do the job for awhile, but it seems for me if I use either a very high end mascara or even a low drug store brand I have to put coat after coat after coat, and curl and curl and curl. After 5 minutes of all this my lashes look flat and barely noticeable.

That is until one of my best friends from high school, Tara signed up to be a representative for Younique. Tara is a flight attendant, has a business on the side, and has 3 boys. She didn't sign up to make money, she signed up so share this great product. I, being the wonderful friend that I am, bought some mascara from her to show support. I had heard about this mascara before but didn't see what all the huff was about and I thought why not give it a try.

I was extremely surprised and delighted with the results.

 You can see on the left my eye with the Younique mascara, on the right I am actually wearing mascara. It doesn't look like I have anything on at all! But I swear to you I am.
 I swear nothing gets your self-confidence a boost by taking close ups of your eye area. NOT!!
I am asking Santa for Botox this year.

Here's a photo of it on both lashes. I didn't do a heavy application either, you can get way more length and drama with this mascara.

Here are some examples of clearly a much, much younger girl, or so I am telling myself. I usually do something close the second picture, but if you're going out at night or on  special occasions you can keep layering and have the look of the third picture. There is no limit.

How can you deny him? Give this man what he wants, ladies! :)

It's crazy how this mascara lengthens my lashes and really opens up my eyes. I look more awake with it on. Seriously, what girl doesn't need help with that?

I am hosting a party, so if you are interested in trying this out and of course I am highly encouraging you give a shot, here is my link
It'll be open until 10/27, so don't delay.

If you have tried this before, I'd love to hear what your thoughts are!
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