It's the Little Things...

That 'ol project list just keeps getting longer...  I haven't been able to accomplish much on my bathroom reno with the rainy weekends we've been having, so I have been doing little things.  Like the bench in my front entry that needed a coat of paint, except that then it was too white and so I added a coat of dark wax to warm up the colour:

Don't know if you can actually see the difference!  It has an
amber hue to it now.  Looks much nicer against the tan wall.
or the brown box I had in my bathroom that needed a makeover when I repainted the room and went with white towels and accessories:

Funny how I can see now how awful that yellow paint was in the space!!!  Sigh, wish I could figure out colour on the FIRST try - lol!

The baskets in my entry that were dark brown got rollered over with off-white paint:
I love the way these turned out!  Lighter but I still get to keep some of my favourite espresso brown...
which led to me rollering over the laundry basket in the bathroom:
and then I wanted a little window box overflowing with flowers.  This is the window I look through when I'm sitting in my breakfast nook:
A hanging window basket from Superstore and a trip to the nursery for plants - I'm in heaven!!  I've hardly done any gardening this year so far.

All the projects were super simple and quick and sooooo satisfying!
Easy, peasy projects - you gotta love 'em!!

As it turned out, Sunday was mostly dry and I did get a few of the beadboard panels hung in my bathroom.  I pulled muscles in my back & right shoulder in my struggle to install the first ceiling panel and gave up the ghost a little later.  I popped the vanity and toilet into place so I could get a feeling of how it will look.  Here's a sneak peek - forgive the mess!

I hung the mirror up high so I can install a shelf underneath it.  Oh I can't wait to get to the decorating part and hang up this diy contractor's hat for good!  (well, maybe not for good since I bought over $1000 worth of power tools in the last two years...)  Oh and "rollering over it" is a technical term for us painters who always keep a mini painter's cage with a sleeve on it that is full of paint (in a baggie in the fridge) for these little jobs that we can't put off until the next time we paint...  Yes, I'm that crazy.  

Have a happy & creative week!


  1. Anne,
    Love all the painting touches you have done.Yes I think we were both born with a paint brush in our hands LOL.Can't wait to see your bathroom all decorated.But it is looking amazing already!

  2. So many wonderful projects! Love the flowers you chose for the window box! Beautiful!

  3. Love your "technical terminology" LOL

    It's great when such a small thing makes such a big impact.

    Keep the great work up on the bathroom. It will be done before you know it.

  4. Ohh.. love the new table! And the baskets! I love everything you do!

  5. The bathroom is looking great!! You've been working SO hard and I know you just want it done, but please take it easy! No more hurting yourself please and thank you!!

    Love the baskets too.

  6. Looks like you've been having fun! Sorry you hurt yourself though - hope that goes away soon.
    Question for you. I've been thinking about putting beadboard on the walls leading down to our basement. How do you do inward and outward corners? How do you end on a open faced wall (no door frame)?

  7. I have one of those baggies, too! :) I love all of the projects! You've been busy!

  8. You have been busy and everything is looking lighter, brighter and more beautiful!
    Wonderful little projects to keep you busy while it rains, eh?
    Hugs, Cindy

  9. You keep your little bagg with the wet paint roller in the fridge?? huh I just leave mine on the kitchen island ;) I love quick little projects we need those once in a while.

  10. Aloha again Anne!
    Thanks for stopping by my blog with the info I asked for and your kind words. You are a cornucopia of information - I'm happy I found you <3

  11. What is this painter's cage thing? I do have paintbrushes in baggies in the freezer though ...

    ... and did you roller over the dog too? If I was at your house yesterday you wouldn't need to roller over me ... my skin is still winter pasty white!



  12. I love your window basket, you picked some pretty plants for it, also the bench turned out great!

  13. Anne, The details really make a room come together with personality. I like how you lightened up some of your accessories to get a whole new feel. You're bathroom looks like it's coming along nicely. You're amazing!
    Mary Alice

  14. Brilliant idea to paint that basket :) I have a basket like that and it's going to get a beautiful new highlight treatment :)

    Thanks for all the inspiration my funny friend!


  15. I love all of the rollering over. It worked so great on all of the baskets. And, I totally do that, just a little paint here, then a little more then, then I might as well paint this, too. hahaha :)

  16. Love the painted baskets!!

    I've got lots of rollering over to do - may need to stash something in the fridge so I've got no excuses but to paint anything and everything that crosses my path.

  17. the baskets are so awesome, and love the little stool! i just love little painted stools like that!

  18. Love all of your redo's. Doesn't it feel great when you redo something and totally love how it turns out and makes you happy! found you via a blog hop and am now a new follower!

  19. Love quick and easy...and your "roller-ing over" tips. I'd be "crazy" like that too :) Laurel

  20. Wow! you're keeping yourself pretty busy!! I'm also one of those holding paint brushes and rollers in the fridge!

    Can't wait to see the bathroom transformation!

  21. "It is the little things that count"... so true! Love what you have done, a slick of distressed white does it EVERY time. Love what you have done.

  22. It's the little things that always make a big impact, and your changes look great Anne!!

  23. You are on a roll, Girl. Love all of the beautiful transformations.

  24. All your home projects look great! Cant wait to see the finished bathroom!
    New follower from the Blog Hop
    My Wonderfully Dysfunctional Blog

  25. Nice touches, Anne. I'm loving that box. Great finish.

  26. Isn't it funny how one project leads to so many other make overs. I have also gone white in my house and the painting project list is endless. I own more paint brushes than decent underwear and probably have more cans of paint than I do shoes lol But I have never been a victim of fashion just obsessed with decorating and painting. your place looks great, love your inspiration and your talents. Tobey

  27. Your make-over is looking great. We who are looking over your shoulder can see the progress that you standing in there with all that remains to be done staring at you cannot see! I know the feeling. I keep my foam brushes with Mod Podge, paint, and varnish in the freezer and thaw them out when I need them. My nephew almost tasted one thinking it was some kind of strange popsicle!

    Distressed Donna Down Home

  28. Wow, you were busy! I hope your back and shoulder are better! I really like that box makeover, but all looks brighter and better! Thank you for sharing this at Rustic Restorations Weekend! :)

  29. Your going to wear yourself out!
    But, such amazing results Anne. Your makeovers are always incredible.
    I wish we were having some rainy days, it's been so hot here this week.
    Take care of your shoulders.
    hugs Rosemary...xo

  30. I love your little box makeover! So cute! ~ Judy

  31. your bathroom is really looking Amazing!!!! I am also in love with the basket of flowers!!! : ) hugs and happy weekend!

  32. we are finishing up a DIY bathroom project too...going on 4 months now. should be done this week...finger crossed!

  33. I am inviting you to come and be part of my blog hop:

  34. This is beautiful! I love the antiqued look of this piece. Have you thought of using other colors under the white? Twice the work but could look very nice as well...

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  35. I love the unique box. The painting is so great it looks like it has stories inside.


  36. Love the way the baskets turned out. And I can't wait to see the way the bathroom turns out. Thanks for sharing at the All Star Block Party.


  37. I Love Love Love your taste and style!! I have awarded you the Sunshine Award!! Please check out my blog to read all about it!!
    What Meegan Makes

  38. Anne,
    It looks fantastic... I'm so impressed with all you've accomplished.. you go girl!!!!

    I'm your newest follower too...
    Thanks for sharing at the ALL STARS BLOCK PARTY...


  39. Love this projects! Have you linked up with me yet at Wow Us Wednesday?

  40. I love the little bench--these pieces can be real workhorses. Thanks for linking up.

  41. Yes, yes, yes! Love it all. Beadboard is wonderful. Can't believe you're doing all this yourself. I'm SO impressed, Anne.

  42. Details make all the difference. Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create! <3 Christina

  43. LOve all you little touches especially that pretty flower box! Thanks for linking!
    Stacey of Embracing Change


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