Category Archives: Before and After

White Subway Tub Surround, Complete!

Yesterday I took my first shower in our newly tiled tub surround!! Hurrah!! Our bathtub still has to be resurfaced, so we’ll be saving up for that. But I love how posh the shiny white tile seems, and the graphic contrast that the dark grout brings in. (Posh is a relative term – in contrast with the pink plastic tile.)

I plan to write an in-depth post on how I tiled my tub surround, but for now, these are the finished photos. The showerhead, tub spout, and knobs came fromĀ, the suction cup caddy is from Target.

White subway tile, dark grout

Don’t scrutinize too closely – me and my razor have some more caulk to clean up off the tile. That is the hard part about dark grout/caulk – it never cleans up.

I also replaced the ancient, malfunctioning drain. We no longer have to hang a wet washcloth on the drain latch to get it to stay open!

My biggest mistake was making the hole for the showerhead too large for the flange to cover. So I’ve ordered a square flange to cover the gaping black hole.

Here is the pink tile in all her glory (backwards – this photo was taken in the mirror):

And again, the after:

And today I received a pleasant surprise in the mail – my shower curtain that was supposedly back-ordered until May! Pictures later…


Taking the Doors Off

I have been longing to do some renovations to our 50-year-old kitchen. The cabinet doors are “clacky”, being made from (what I can tell) plywood, painted white. The solid wood drawers without guides are super heavy and do not glide whatsoever. I’m thankful that it is painted white though. Since we don’t have a budget for a kitchen remodel, I’ve been thinking on what cheap and easy changes I can make.

Inspiration Photo:

Plum Cushion via Little Green Notebook

I decided to go for it and take off all the upper cabinet doors on one side of my kitchen.


I had to make a few tweaks to what I had in the cabinets, since I wanted only dishes in the ones I was converting to shelves.


I still need to fill in the holes and paint the backs of the shelving, but I love the difference it makes! The kitchen feels more open and modern. I plan to paint the backs of the shelves, remove the old-fashioned scalloped edge above the sink, put crown molding above the cabinets, and change some lighting. (Cuter dishes would help too…hmm…) As you can tell in the picture, the shelves are now a bit dark feeling.

A Campaign for Change

I’m back! Hailey stayed the night at her Grammy’s house last night, so I only have one little one on my hands today. My before-and-after is an ugly vintage campaign desk Jerod found on the side of the road for me in Tacoma. (You might recognize it being almost exactly like Anna’s desk she repainted.) I love campaign furniture, so I was thrilled and saw potential in the pitiful thing. That was over a year ago.

Yes, that ugly thing has sat in our old apartment and our new home looking like that. After discovering Annie Sloan chalk paint, I bought some in Old White (it took two testers) and painted a thin coat and then a thicker coat. The great thing about chalk paint is it does not require sanding or priming, so even though the paint is expensive, you save time and extra supplies. My vision for this desk was to paint it with my chair fabric motif. I thought the huge drawers needed a little more than just that, so I took an inexpensive tube of gold acrylic paint and painted squares with the corners scooped out (is there a name for those?). I then penciled in the design from the chair and painted it with a cheap light orange acrylic paint, and a second coat of Basic acrylic red paint which I wiped away for a more “worn” look.

Now I just need to find the missing piece of hardware for the desk – it’s sitting in one of my many junk drawers somewhere.