Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Easy Updates!

With Baby Boy on the way, I have been busy over the past few months getting things ready for his nursery.  Some pretty awesome projects have come out of that nursery and I am super excited to share them with my readers.  One of the only things left to do in the nursery is actually painting the room itself.  And because we have some super talented family members coming over to assist with that, we must wait until every one's schedules can match up.  So before I can feature the nursery and it's many projects here on Happy Now, I am going to share some quick and easy projects with you and perhaps one medium(ish) sized project soon!  Today's post is all about small updates you can do yourself to create big change.

The first project starts at the front door.  You might remember my Wreath Project from back in Spring.  This project was super simple and created an inviting addition to the front of the house.  You'll remember I used faux flowers and a glue gun.  Great idea in theory but once Summer's hot sun started beating down on my front door, that glue had a tendency to melt.  So the task was figuring out a way to attach flowers and accents without glue during the hot summer months.  I found some flowers on sale at Joann's that had wire stems which were very easy to thread through the wreath vines securely and without glue.  I also tried my hand at twine.  Again, very easy to work with and attached to the wreath by simply tying to the back of the wreath.  I also added in some faux eucalyptus which smells wonderful and threads through the wreath branches perfectly.

So there's the first easy update.  Took a quick trip to Joann's and about 10 minutes of project time to transform my front door into a pretty new look.

The second update is for the kitchen. Our kitchen counters are for the most part, sparsely decorated with only things that are regularly used.  Everything else is put away in cupboards.  I like the look of open space and minimalistic decor in the kitchen. Plus, its super easy to keep clean this way. One of those items is an awesome set of knives given to me by my Mumma for Christmas a number of years ago.  While I do love the set, it has sat out on the counter for about 4 years and endured a ton of abuse.  It was looking tired and kind of stuck out like a sore thumb.  Instead of looking online for a new set, I decided to (you guessed it) paint it to my liking.

Here's what I did:

1. Cleaned and Sanded
2. Painted
3. Distressed
4. Stenciled
5. Sealed

Nothing complicated here.  Took about an hour all together.  And I love the results!


Aaaand AFTER:

I know, I know, how many angles can I possibly show you of a knife set...  But it's just so pretty, isn't it???  Easy, pretty and didn't cost a thing!  LOVE!

The last project involves a little elbow grease and a little more time to complete, but trust me, it's totally worth it!  If you have a bathroom or kitchen or any room with tile flooring then you most likely have dealt with trying to clean the grout.  It can be tough.  Grout is porous and absorbs a ton of dirt.  You may not really notice dirty grout on your floors until you are in the midst of a room renovation or repaint.  Once things around the floor start to sparkle, the floor begins to show it's true colors.  Yuck!  The solution?  Grout paint!  Yes, there really is a product out there that you can simply smear onto your grout and it magically transforms from dingy and gross, to sparkly and pretty!

As far as my own experience with this stuff, AWESOME!  In the midst of a bathroom redo I began to notice how gross our tile floors are.  See below.  Nasty.

I cannot take full credit for this idea; I actually read about it on another fantastic blog and to give proper credit where it's due, you can check out that post here.
I found the product at Home Depot and it comes in many different shades.  If you're unsure of what shade to choose, you could snap a pic of your room in question and bring it with you to your favorite hardware or home store and ask someone there.  I choose Snow White based on the shade of my tiles and the overall appearance of our bathroom wall tiles.  Once home, I got to work.

Here's what you need:

1.  Grout Paint
2.  Rags
3.  Unused Toothbrush
4.  Something comfy to sit your bottom on.  I used towels.

Here's what you do:

1.  Follow directions exactly as they are on the back of the bottle.  You can't mess this up.  Seriously.

Here's what happens when you're done:

Take a look at the Before & After. Can't beat that sparkle and shine!

 So there you have it.  Three easy updates for your home.  And that one medium(ish) sized project I mentioned earlier...  Your sneak peek is my sparkly new bathroom floor.  The entire bath redo will be up on the blog very soon!  UPDATE: Take a look at my Bath Redo HERE!

Stay tuned and of course, have a very Happy day!

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