Friday, November 21, 2014


Ahhh, Friday. Glad it's here! I'm actually headed to Nashville this weekend with a friend -- excited to explore a new town. I've been a couple of times, but it's been ten years since I've visited, and a lot has changed. Any recommendations for places to visit? Cool restaurants, shops, etc.?

Anyway, moving on. I'm also excited to announce a little "challenge" that I am going to take on, which is in partnership with the BLACK + DECKER Big Finish. BLACK + DECKER is challenging all the participants to take on a project around their house that they have been putting off, and FINISHING it. I was actually supposed to start this project on the tenth of November, so I am 11 days behind - bad blogger! So, I only have 19 days to complete it. Yikes!

What project am I going to finish? Our guest bathroom. I spruced it up a while back, but there are a few things that I just still don't like about it. It has never felt finished to me, and it won't take a whole lot to get it there. Heres what it looks like now: 

Like I said, it's done-ish. It started out looking like this: 

I didn't love the cabinet from the beginning. It's a little too modern for me, and the counter bugs me because water spots stay on it. When it gets wet, a little dark shadow appears in the spots where the water has been, from absorbing it. It's one of those little things thats not a huge deal, but just bugs me, you know?! Anyway, I eventually painted the cabinet, and changed out the hardware. 

I also switched out the light fixture which used to look like this:

and it looks like this: 

It's cute, even though it was a nightmare to hang! I had a hard time. At least I improved my electrical work skills ;)

and it now looks like this: 

(from Pfister)

I've already done a lot in here, so it's really just finishing touches that I'd like to change. Hence the BLACK + DECKER BIG FINISH. :) 

So, anyway, the rooms that were inspiration to me for my bathroom were these:

I'm thinking of possibly changing out the countertop... can this be done in 19 days? Not sure! It'd be my first experience with changing out a countertop, but it can't be that difficult...right?!

I also want a different rug in there (I do love that rug, so I'll just move it somewhere else), and a different shower curtain. I'm thinking that I will either sew a new one, or have one sewn with some cool fabric. I have always felt like the one I have in there now is just so-so. I'm always on the lookout for a new one, but never find one. 

I also think I'd like to add some trim around the mirror, like this

So, here we go -- wish me luck. Obviously, I'll be completing nothing this weekend in Nashville. Not good! Check back here to see what I improve upon in the next couple of weeks! I may have big goals, but you guys know I'm not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get things done.

Anyway, what's in it for you, with this BLACK + DECKER Big Finish challenge? A lot! 

BLACK+DECKER has launched a movement to get all the unfinished home projects moving again. Join them for the opportunity to win $10,000 cash and products. Plus, they might put you and your finished project on a billboard right in the middle of Times Square. So while your family may never notice that you finished hanging the crown molding, millions of others will!

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Please note, the contest ends December 28th, 2014. 

Check out the Finished Project Gallery to browse the other entries and get inspiration for their own projects.

Thank you to BLACK+DECKER for sponsoring this post and inspiring me to FINALLY finish this room! 


  1. You will get it done, I am sure. The white shower curtain looked good. Will you do the counter yourself? Have a good trip/visit in Nashville...Alison

  2. Couple of things...
    First, when you hang your shower curtain, take the rod up to the ceiling. It makes a huge difference. Kinda like when you hang a drapery rod. You want it as high as possible. Of course "off the shelf" curtains are too short for that. But if your making a new one...
    Second, I bet you could find a remnant at a stone yard for an affordable countertop.
    I always love your designs, so I know whatever you do, it will look great.
    Have fun in Nashville!

    1. yes! It actually used to be a lot higher, but it fell one day, and someone else put it there and I haven't moved it. and yes, gonna check out a stone yard! thanks!

  3. I have no doubt you could do it if you want to!!! Love the changes so far:)

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