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DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Hers.

It’s time to get trashy in the kitchen, people.  No, not as in “let’s decoupage the cabinets with faces of kittens.”  I’m talking about the age old kitchen question of where to stash the trash.

On day 1 of move-in, we put a trash can on the end of the kitchen counter by the breakfast nook and there it stayed for the next three years.  Not that we loved it being the first thing anyone saw when entering the kitchen, but we just had no idea where else to put it.

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

For a small family unit of 2, we go through a lot of trash, even after sorting recycling.  There was the option of downgrading to a smaller can to put under the sink or in the pantry but I knew we’d never have a successful marriage because I’d be saying, “Chris, can you take out the trash” more often than “Honey, can you take care of dinner tonight?”… (which is already pretty common).

I found the perfect solution while perusing Pinterest the other day.  Why yes- let’s just build a pull-out trash cabinet!  I could find a medium-sized trash can and just tuck it away behind a cabinet door when I didn’t need it.  Genius!

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I even knew exactly which cabinet I could sacrifice for this purpose too.

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

This cabinet never had an interior shelf and was an odd size for normal kitchen storage but would be the perfect space for a hidden trash can!

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

I knew it was meant to be because we even had a pair of drawer slides leftover from our pantry project (catch up on the pantry project here).

We purchased the drawer slides for $5.99 each here (they’ve worked perfectly on the pantry since we installed them nearly 2 years ago, by the way.  We highly recommend them as a super cost effective solution for pull-out shelving!).

With the solution in mind, I turned it over to the execution department (hm, maybe another term is in order so it doesn’t sound like I turn our projects over for beheading).

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Growing up, there was a constant battle between my parents about where to put the trash can: my dad wanted it in a convenient area in or around the kitchen, but my mom wanted it completely out of the house. Their compromise was to keep it in the laundry room, which was technically halfway between the kitchen and the back door. Somehow, though, the battle ensued once again after I moved out, and the trash is always in a different location every time I visit.

Fortunately, though, Julie and I never had such a conflict; we both tend to be a bit lazy, so keeping the trash anywhere outside of the kitchen was definitely not an option. There also wasn’t really anywhere in the kitchen to keep the trash can, so… out in the open it stayed. We did, however, put another trash can in the garage so that we could dispose of the “funkier” items so as not to stink up the house. This system worked quite well for about three years until one Saturday afternoon, the inevitable happened: Julie changed her mind, and now she wanted somewhere to hide the trash. Lucky me.

It turns out, though, that luck was actually on my side for this one, as Julie had already decided where she wanted it and I already had everything I’d need, which was really just some wood and some sliders, all of which I had leftover from previous projects.

The first step was to get the sliders mounted inside the cabinet. I cut some strips out of plywood (I needed thin wood) and screwed it to the inside walls.

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Next, I mounted the sliders to the wood, making sure the two sides were level and even with each other:

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Next, I cut down some 1/2 x 4 wood pieces and mounted the inner slide piece to them:

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Initially I tried spacing everything out and making a box so I’d have a cross piece to mount to, but it turned out to be a huge pain to get the widths right, so I gave up and removed the front and back piece, and just mounted the cabinet door directly onto the sliding wood pieces.

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Once everything was done, we had an issue of the door slowly sliding open when it began to become weighed down with trash, so I needed some sort of latch that was easy to open but also stayed out of sight. My solution was a magnetic catch, which was just a metal tab mounted to the door that would stick to a magnet mounted inside the cabinet:

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Next, I reused the original cabinet pull and just lined it up with the drawer pull above it:

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Then I had to patch and paint the holes from the old pull location and nail gun:

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Boom. Trash cabinet.

Materials Needed:

  • Drawer slides, $5.99 from eBay
  • 1/4″ Plywood – 2 strips, already had on-hand
  • 1/2″ x 4″ Lumber – 2 pieces, already had on-hand
  •  Magnetic catch, $1.28 from Home Depot

Price: Since we already had the wood leftover from previous projects, this came out to a grand total of $7.27.  Not too bad for some trash.

After.

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Now you see it.

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

Now you don’t!

DO or DIY | How to Make a Pull-Out Trash Cabinet

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Laundry Room: Revealed

Hers.

Alright, enough with all the suspense.  I know you just want to see the after pictures but let’s rewind for a moment, shall we?

We started with this white, cramped, and very-blah room.  The shelves weren’t really working for us because who wants to walk into a room and be immediately greeted by cleaning supplies, light bulbs, and a cat carrier?  I don’t think this look has caught on in the interior design world yet.

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So, why not try a few baskets?

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It solved some of the problems but we knew we could do better.  This room was screaming for some doors to tuck away all of our stuff (because, seriously, who has a laundry room that could coordinate with a bright orange Tide bottle and purple box of Swiffer pads?).

And let’s not forget our sad excuse of a light fixture to top it off.

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The room needed a serious facelift, including:

  • Establish a theme (country couture). Check.
  • Convince Chris that determining a theme for a room isn’t insane.  In Progress.
  • Demo old floors and install new floors (read about that here). Check.
  • Install new base boards. Check.
  • Install crown molding (because our laundry room’s fancy like that). Check.
  • Finally pick a wall color and paint. Check.
  • Demo the shelves and replace with cabinets (read about that here). Check.
  • Convince Chris to say goodbye to his lovely navy laundry bin from college. Sorry, honey. Check.
  • Shift shelving to a less obtrusive location, making the room look less cluttered. Check.
  • Go bold with the cabinet color. Check.
  • Find awesome cabinet knobs. Check.
  • Install new light fixture. Check.
  • Convince Chris a chandelier wouldn’t be the most ridiculous thing in a laundry room.  On Hold.  (After a long hard debate, I finally won the teal cabinet/glass knob debate with him.  Baby steps).
  • Finally, bring some artwork into the space to amp up the “country couture” look. Check.

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I don’t have a lot of demands when renovating a room, but it’s usually just keeping a realistic budget and that it be physically possible (Julie doesn’t have the firmest grasp on physics and geometry). This room, however, is probably one of the most diverse rooms in the house when it comes to functionality: laundry, storage, containing the most foul smell any living creature has ever created (i.e. the cat’s litterbox), etc. So, I had my own list of demands:

  • Everything had to have a purpose. This room is too small for waste and “fluff”. Check.
  • Everything had to be hidden (no more open shelves). Check.
  • The first thing I learned about women after I got married is that at least 98% of their clothing can’t be dried, so there had to be a place to hang-dry. Check.
  • Learn to tile a floor. Check.
  • Unexpectedly learn to contain mold. Check.
  • Finally balance and level the machines. Check.
  • Install a cat door so we could finally close the laundry room door: On hold.
  • Not lose any fingers, toes, blood, hair, sanity, tools, or money. Ha!

I also want to mention that Julie’s plans for a chandelier are not “on hold”, they’re done. We tried installing a hanging light but it was so dark it looked like the kind of interrogation room the CIA claims doesn’t exist. So flush-mount it is.

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After.

Remember this guy that was hanging on the right wall?  We moved him behind the door for cleaning and cat supplies we needed more often.  When the door’s open (which it always is), you can’t even see this.

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We moved the broom/Swiffer station to where the ironing board used to be.

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And moved the ironing board to where the long shelving unit used to be as it looks a lot cleaner and is more easily accessible here.

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Alright, alright.  Now, to the good stuff.

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Ah, we can finally hide our clutter away behind those lovely teal cabinets.

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A legit light fixture!

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Ah, finally a place for me to hang dry clothes!  This has really worked out to be a great solution for us.

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The cabinets aren’t huge but they hold just enough for what we need them for… to hide neon colored items.

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And I wouldn’t be a true Texan if I didn’t have some cowboy boots framed. Bam.  Country couture.

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Source List and Prices.

  • Knobs: World Market, $19.96 ($4.99 each)
  • 2 Tall cabinets: Hampton Bay 15 x 30 from Home Depot, $92.80 during a 20% off sale
  • Middle cabinet: Hampton Bay 36 x 12 from Home Depot, $54.40 during a 20% off sale
  • Cabinet Paint: Home Depot, Behr matched to Valspar’s Glass Tile, $18.95 for a pint
  • Wall Paint: Home Depot, Behr formula BL 144/Cl 288/RL 72, $32.98 for a gallon
  • Base Boards: Home Depot, $10
  • Crown Molding: Home Depot, $10
  • Floor Tiles: Seconds and Surplus, $44.70 ($1.49 per square foot)
  • Wooden Pole: Bed, Bath, and Beyond, $12 with 20% off coupon
  • Wooden Hangers: Garden Ridge, $9.99
  • Frame for Art: IKEA, $20
  • Grocery Bag Holder: Bed Bath and Beyond, $9.99
  • Laundry Hamper Stand: Container Store, $0 (received as a gift but it’s $24.99)
  • Laundry Hamper Bag: Container Store, $8.99

Total: $344.76… funny how such a small room can really add up but it was well worth it!

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A Little Laundry Teal-L-C

Hers.

We continue to make progress on the laundry room.  Let’s recap, shall we?

We started with this (read part one here).  Ain’t she a beauty?

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So before we got too crazy, we decided to try out some baskets in front of a purple backdrop.  Yeeeah… it didn’t stick for obvious reasons.

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We knew a complete revamp was needed.  We started from the ground up and replaced our dingy old white linoleum-tiled floor with this much fancier wood-look tile (read part two here).

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Once the grout and sealer had dried on the floor, it was time to make those awful purple shelves meet their maker.  I feel like I need to insert an evil villain laugh here.  Today: cabinets, tomorrow: the world!

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But, let’s get back to the laundry room.  Once we took the shelves down, we needed to sand the walls then retexture so it matched the rest of the wall.  It seems that the original builder of the house installed the shelves then textured, which doesn’t make much sense to me, but I guess that’s how things rolled in the 1970s.  Those crazy hippies.

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Walls were now sanded, re-textured, and SO ready to be repainted.  Just look at this mess.  Want to play “how many paint colors can you spot in this picture”?  I think there are 9…

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Let’s get this sucker in order already.  Ahhh, back to one color.  We went with the same color we have in the hallway.  I wish I could tell you the exact color but I ended up mixing a few, then tinting, then re-tinting (hey, I never claimed to be a decisive paint selector).  Anyway, the best I can do is tell you that it’s Behr Satin and the paint formula is BL 144/Cl 288/RL 72.  Happy paint mixing!

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Much better.  Now let’s get on with those cabinets already!

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Part three. Yikes. Where were we? Walls. Shelves. Floor. Trim. All changed. Now what? Well, remember all that junk that came off the shelves? What went out must go back in. We needed storage, and frankly we needed a lot. The method of said storage had been decided a long time ago: cabinets. Julie had been giddy about cabinets in the laundry room probably since before we even moved in, so I knew it was the only solution. Oh, but there was one minor hiccup: I don’t know anything about cabinets. Sure, cabinets are where I find my cereal bowls every morning, but honestly I have no idea how they’re held to the wall. Fortunately, though, I’m not particularly hindered by these things, so it was off to Home Depot to pretend I knew what I was doing.

Now, Julie had been obsessing over the “n” shape of three cabinets, two taller cabinets on either side of a shorter middle cabinet. As luck would have it, the dimensions of our room lent themselves neatly to three prefabricated “stock” cabinets that could be purchased individually. Ironically, there were even two configurations that would fit: two tall, skinny cabinets on either side of a very short, very wide middle cabinet, or two short, wider cabinets on either side of a not-as-short, slightly taller middle cabinet. After some really excessive deliberation (including taking up an entire lumber aisle with cabinetry strewn about, perhaps hazardously) we went with the tall/skinny configuration. This gave use a better “n” look but also meant less storage. Oh well, we’ll cross that bridge again later, right?

Alright, time to install the cabinets. As I stated before, I don’t really know how cabinets are mounted. But hey, fake it ’til you make it, right? I didn’t want them to be out of Julie’s reach, plus we were planning on putting up crown molding, so I dropped them 4″ from the ceiling… well, 3.75″ or whatever the width of a 1×4 is. Anyway, I accounted for that drop and then ran one long 1×4 across the wall. I used drywall screws to anchor this to the beams to ensure that I’d have a really sturdy mounting point:

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Now the tricky part: actually putting them up on the wall. They’re not extremely heavy, but they’re definitely too big and heavy to be handled with one hand while you’re trying to drive drywall screws through them. Fortunately, though, my brother-in-law was staying with us.  He ate the last of my fruit snacks, so helping me was payback.

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A quick note: I also installed a shorter 1×4 at the bottom of the cabinets so that they were anchored at the base as well.

Once I had the two large cabinets installed, it was time for the really fun part: squeezing the middle cabinet in. I think it was literally a 1/4 inch shy of being a perfect fit. And, fortunately, there was about 1/4 inch overhang on either side of the cabinet, so I grabbed my hand saw and started hacking away. I did this is the dining room, which apparently is a “weird place for sawing”, according to Julie:

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A little more…

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After a few cuts, I still had some rough spots that were catching, so I used my wood plane. I love using this thing because I feel like I’m holding a Tommy gun:

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Voila! A perfect fit! I tried leaving the cat in there for good but eventually Julie found her and got her down. Better luck next time, I guess.

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Hers.

Ready for the big cabinet color reveal?  How bold can we go?

Pretty bold.

We went teal!  We kept the walls neutral so we could do something fun and bright on the cabinets without it looking like we went overboard.  If there’s one room you should go bold and fun, it’s definitely the laundry room.  Anything to make washing clothes a little better!  We went with Valspar’s Glass Tile.

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Ah, just another day of filling the back room with painted objects set out to dry.

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And here is the rest of the cabinet (along with Chris’ beginning attempt to creating the built-in cabinet look.  Very exciting, I know.

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At this point, I finally decided on a name for the theme of the room I was going for (no, I’m not crazy- I just love a good theme).  Ready for it?

Country Chic.

I needed a very special cabinet knob to fit the bill for this.  One Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Hobby Lobby later, I finally found the perfect solution at World Market.  For $4.99 each, these glass knobs were mine.

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Perfection.

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Stay tuned for the final reveal (finally)!

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That Swanky Bathroom

Hers.

Well, hello there stranger.

I know it’s been awhile but we’ll make it up in a big way.  Promise.

I think this should help- the public unveiling of another fully renovated room.

After successfully turning the powder room around (you can read about that here), we decided to try our hand at something a little bigger.  The guest bathroom.  Even though we were pretty confident coming off of the powder room reno, there was something in particular that made us a little wary.

That’s right.  We had a furdown housing the ugliest, flashiest (literally, it flashed when you turned it on) florescent light ever.  I mean, seriously.  Who puts a florescent light in a bathroom?  My guess?  A man who had little input from a wiser significant other.  That significant other would have instantly shot down the idea because, duh, florescent lighting is the most unflattering light out there.  ANYTHING would be better than a florescent light.  Needless to say, we knew it had to go but we were I was nervous about how we Chris would patch it up.

As Chris battled with thoughts of demo and drywall patches, I contemplated how to turn this yellow beast of a room into a beaut.  Here’s what we were dealing with:

              

Would the ugly mustard color ever end??

The walls weren’t only the ugliest color on earth, we also discovered that the horrifying color had been painted over wallpaper.  If we teach you one thing from this entire blog, it will be this: Do. Not. Paint. Over. Wallpaper.  Seriously, save the future homeowners some serious headaches and tear the wallpaper off before switching over to paint.

We made our way to Home Depot to determine if there was a miracle cure for this problem.  After perusing the aisles for awhile, we came up with zilch.  We tracked down a paint specialist and asked for his advice.  His reply, “They did what?? Painted over wallpaper?  Well, you’re about to see just how strong your marriage is.  Good luck.”  Awesome.

We bought the usual wallpaper removal artillery: DIF wallpaper removal spray and a paper tiger (best product name, hands down).  They helped a little but the best tool we found was nail scraping.  Gross?  Yes, but thank goodness for manicures.

Although the bathroom tore away at my fingers, it did provide some comic relief.  That relief came in the form of colorful tulips.  I’d like you to close your eyes, imagine yourself in a luxurious shower at the end of a long, hard day being surrounded by a field of bright yellow, blue, and red tulips… I’d like to see what their second and third options were *shudders.

  

And now for your close-up.

So as the paint disappeared and more of the wallpaper appeared, we were met with another terrifying fact.  They painted over wallpaper which was installed over wallpaper.  THERE WAS ANOTHER LAYER.  And you thought tulips were bad?  Oooh no.  Underneath the bed of tulips was a layer of metallic blue and silver paisley wallpaper.  THE HORROR!!  I looked everywhere for a picture but couldn’t find anything. I think the world is better off not revisiting that design anyway.

Two full days later (there went that weekend), we were finally left with bare walls.  But then we had a new dilemma on our hands.  The walls were so stripped from removing three layers, even paint couldn’t cover all the imperfections.  Take a peek into our horror room of a bathroom.  Looks like a scene out of Saw, huh?

   

The solution?  Texture.  I looked into having a professional painter texture the walls since we had zero experience but it was looking to be $400.  And with that, our cheap cost effective-selves decided we could just teach ourselves to texture.  No biggie… right?

And then wonder of all wonders, we discovered the “texture in a can” aisle at Home Depot.  Score!  As we looked from can to can, we couldn’t find any that resembled the texture on the rest of our house.  I went home and compared the texture we currently had to this website which showed various types of texturing techniques.  Bingo!  We had slapbrush or “crow’s feet” texture.  Here’s a sample:

As I dug into how to achieve this look, I soon discovered that there was no quick short cut from a can for this method.  We would need to buy a slapbrush (this bad boy), mix a drywall compound concoction and go to town stamping the walls and ceiling. Lucky us.

These two sites provided me with the best info for a quick Slapbrushing 101: eHow and Drywall School. Drywall school mentions rolling the compound on the entire wall then using the slapbrush but we found putting the compound on a tray, dipping the slapbrush in the tray, shaking it off a little, then stamping the wall was easier and a lot less messy.  I will say it was A LOT easier than we thought it would be and didn’t take too long either.  The hardest part is blending new texture in with a section of pre-existing texture.  Drywall School had a good tip though: Texture a first coat and then a second.  After the second coat, while the compound is still wet, take a wadded up plastic bag and tap the outside edge of the new texture.  After it dries, the edge will have blended in.  I haven’t tried this trick yet but fully intend to!

Once the texturing was done, we were onto the really hard part.  The wall color.  I am so proud to say that the first color I chose is still on the wall a year later!

I wanted a luxurious feel to the guest bath so I chose a teal, white, and gray color palate.  Teal for the walls and gray and white for the accessories.  It looks a bit bright and was a big step for me, the queen of light colors, but it really works against the muted background pieces (tan tile, tan granite, white tile, white shower curtain, gray towels).

You know how I know we did well?  The first thing Chris said when I had finally finished accessorizing the bathroom was- “looks like a swanky hotel.”  Holler.

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Successfully renovating your first room gives you something of a high; you gain a level of confidence that will probably get you into trouble later on down the line. Well, our guest bathroom turned out to be the end of that line. The powder room renovation had been a great success, and we decided to jump into the guest bath renovation only a few weeks later. Clearly, we were due for a reality check.

This bathroom had some major problems, but unlike the master bathroom, it was fully functional. For starters, it was the same dried-mustard color the powder room had been.

Second, it had this weird basin-like faucet that really threw people for a loop.

Everyone that used our bathroom came out saying, “dude, what’s with your faucet?”… but at least I know my friends wash their hands. Oh, and let’s not forget the furdown/fluorescent combo that made you feel like you were in a zombie movie. We had work to do.

First things first: the walls. Someone painted an ugly color over ugly wallpaper, so there were two layers of fail plastered to our walls. Great. We scoured Google for tips and came to a disturbing conclusion: this was going to be a lot of work. So we ran off to Home Depot hoping to find a magic solution to our woes, but left with some sort of spray goo and a small, handheld contraption that I assume was adapted from some sort of medieval torture device. And off to work we went.

Let me tell you, peeling painted wallpaper is frustrating, tedious, and gross. When the wallpaper stripper dissolves the old glue, you basically end up with some sort of mixture that is way too similar to snot. Combine that with the now-soaked paper remnants and it’s a little like peeling used kleenex off the wall. So you could say it was rather unpleasant.

Anyway, a whole weekend later, we were ready to move on to the next gremlin: the fluorescent light housed in a furdown. I love fluorescent lights in my work area but am not particularly fond of buzzing ballast while I brush my teeth. Julie, however, finds fluorescent lights to be severely unsettling in any location. Either way, this thing had to go. Julie was somewhat apprehensive about the idea of doing something so drastic as literally taking down part of the wall, but as she was rambling through some sort of panicked attempt at reasoning things out, I swung the hammer and was met with a disheartening thud. I had bad news: this thing was reinforced. Seriously, it wasn’t even three feet long and the light assembly couldn’t have weighed more than three pounds, but it was built like it was going to anchor an aircraft carrier. Great.

Within an hour or so, I managed to hammer away all of the drywall and had begun working on the deconstruction of the furdown frame. I was finally making some progress when I came across a particularly difficult hodgepodge of 2x4s when… CRACK! I broke my hammer. I BROKE MY HAMMER! This thing was designed to be smashed against stuff with as much force as you can swing it and it broke because some moron thought the guest bath furdown needed more fasteners and braces than the entire attic.

Enough crying, I still had work to do. I grabbed my steel hammer this time and finished tearing stuff out of the ceiling. I finally had most of the wood frame and was getting down to the wire (literally). All I had left to do was remove the final bits of framing and re-route the wires for the light so we could install a wall-mounted light. Below, you can see what was so frustrating about this thing- rather than integrate the furdown into the frame of the house, someone built it completely and then mounted it up before drywalling.

And now I can finally move into the “construction” phase!

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Exhibit A: A HOLE IN OUR CEILING!!  Commence the 24 hour freak out by Julie.

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I gave myself a crash-course in drywalling and went to work. Eventually, it started to look like a complete room again.

Once everything was textured and painted, I dropped a new countertop in. It’s identical to the one we installed in the powder room but the fact that it wasn’t wedged between two walls meant it was way easier to install. After switching out a few fixtures and some final touches, we could finally let people visit.

And for those of you struggling with your own DIY disasters, here’s a peek into what this room looked like for an entire week:

Anyway, I’m pretty satisfied with how everything turned out, especially since there were so many firsts: wallpaper removal, drywall patching, texturing, moving electrical, etc. The end result is fantastic when you consider all the learning curves, and we’re really happy with our work. After Julie picked out colors and accessories, it’s pretty swanky.

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Are you bursting with anticipation to see the final result?  Okay, okay.  Here’s the good stuff.

   

Best shower curtain ever.  Hands down.  It’s by DKNY from Bed Bath and Beyond.  It’s a nice, thick material (hooray for no transparency!) and has already survived a full year without beginning to look tattered.

   

We took down the builder grade mirror and installed this framed one from Garden Ridge.  It gives the bathroom an instant, custom look.

Ahh, look at that nice undermount sink covered by a granite counter that looks deceivingly custom but (*whisper: is actually a standard size so it’s a fourth of the cost of a custom one… woo-hoo!).

My newest obsession: apothecary jars.  Yummy.  I filled one with silk roses, another with french milled soap and a third with cream and blue wicker/floral ball accessories.

Nothing like a set of re-used, freshly painted cabinets along with a nice, shiny, new hardware.  Quick update success!

   

I had a great idea for the frame artwork.  I found two skyline pictures of the cities Chris and I were born in- Charlotte, NC and Austin, TX.  I converted the photos to black and white and sent them off to Walgreen’s to be printed.  Voilah- instant, inexpensive art!

Here’s the lowdown on what we did:

  • Freshly painted cabinets (color: China Cup by Behr)
  • A pop of teal on the walls (color: Blue Lagoon by Valspar)
  • New cabinet hardware ($4.40 each at Lowe’s)
  • New sink ($40 at a builder’s surplus warehouse)
  • New granite countertop ($199 at a builder’s surplus warehouse.  Hooray for having a standard size sink!)
  • New faucet ($68 at Home Depot)
  • New mirror (a Garden Ridge score for $65)
  • New baseboards
  • New towel bar (Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • New toilet paper holder (Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • New towel ring (Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • New towel peg on door (Bed Bath and Beyond)
  • New door
  • New light switch and outlet
  • New sconce ($59 at Lowe’s)
  • New toilet (added at a later date… more on that later)
  • Apothecary jars (Michael’s)
  • Scented french mill soap (Sample House)
  • Frames (Hobby Lobby)
  • Shower curtain ($59.99 at Bed Bath and Beyond)

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