Daniel was able to be here for a good portion of the last two months and we couldn’t be happier to have him here with us. I had him busy with my many Pinterest projects. First I had him tackle our bedroom renovation. I had already changed the paint color to a blue-grey. Honestly, I was going for a grey grey, but gosh darnit if blue tones didn’t come out. Oh well, still much better than the yellow it was before.

Daniel came in and helped with the headboard idea I stole off of Pinterest. I chose the boards and stained them and then he hung them up for me. Don’t they look great! Really affordable too!


Then we took an old wall mirror and framed it out to match the headboard. Love it! This one took a little more Daniel expertise to actually put the frame together, but the results are outstanding.

To finish off the new look, Daniel also made me the cornice board for the window I dreamed up in my head. Balances everything. Now I just need to find some good curtains to add some color.

With the bedroom looking all nice now, we moved on to the bathroom. I took the whitewashed maple cabinets that were screaming for an update and used Cabinet Transformations to take them from blah to beautiful black. I inlaid bead board before I painted and they turned out wonderful, if I do say so myself. I have to give credit were credit is due though, since I totally swiped the idea off of… guessed it….Pinterest.


Here is one of the blogs I read to figure out how to do it.

Daniel then designed and framed out the bathroom mirror, adding his own personal touch to the top where we inlaid more bead board. Add a new light fixture and a ladder to hold towels (super great Hobby Lobby find) and viola!

I’ve already done another set of bathroom cabinets and I am debating redoing all the kitchen cabinets. We’ll see if I take on that huge challenge.

So what do you think??








4 thoughts on “Renovation Time

  1. April,

    Everything looks great! I was so excited to see that you tried the cabinet refinishing stuff. My brother told me about it two months ago and I’ve been wanting to try it on my old cabinets. Was it hard? Did you have any problems?

    Love the ladder idea too.

    Glad to see you enjoying your time with Daniel, but wish you would move back here!

    1. Hi Rebecca! I must have gone to Home Depot and Lowes five times looking at the kit before I took the leap. I’m glad I did though. The first step is deglossing, which is easy just takes a little scrubbing. I liked that step because it meant NO sanding. 🙂

      Home Depot cut the bead board for me and then I glued it in the inset with Liquid Nails. Used a little caulking and viola. The paint went on really easy. It still took two coats, and this is what takes the longest because you have to do the back side of the cabinets first and they need to dry completely before doing the front side. I set up an area in the garage and then propped them up using plastic cups to get them off the work table.

      I actually skipped the glazing step because I was doing black and when I did a test I didn’t see any difference using the glaze. It would be an important step if you chose a lighter color though.

      The last step is the hardest because it is the sealer and it dries super quick. Just remember to move fast and don’t skimp on it because it will show if you miss a spot.

      I totally recommend doing it. It comes with a good DVD that shows you how to do it. You can do it in a weekend easy. Let me see pics when you finish it. 😉

  2. I love it April! I’m so glad you had Daniel around to help out. It always feels so great to have the master bedroom a peaceful retreat and place you want to be in. Enjoy!

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