Sometimes the idea in your head is brilliant, but the execution or end result just doesn't quite match up. Somewhere in the process, or maybe somewhere between my brain and my hands, something goes awry. Most of the time it means I've got a mess on my hands. But sometimes, once in a blue moon or so, it results in a little happy accident.
Enter more golden oak. If you read my previous post, then you know that our old house had a TON of it, everywhere, all over the place, in every room. Including these chairs.
Anyone else have these lovelies? One was stationed at the desk in our old kitchen. Yep, we had one of those. All that was missing from our 1988 build was a dial telephone mounted on the wall! We didn't use the desk much, though it did have a short stint as a beverage counter for holiday parties. But still, we packed up the chairs, and moved them, and stored them, and unpacked them again.
And I'm so happy we did.
Because one of those golden oakies made a fabulous transformation via a happy accident.
Our current master bath also has golden oak cabinets, as did our kitchen (those are gone now! more soon). It also had an extra vanity for which I can only assume is make-up, primping and the like. If you are anything like me, that maybe happens for a date night or special event, both of which are extremely rare these days! But still, it begged for a chair. A non-golden-oak-chair.
Enter Rust-oleum Universal Paint & Primer spray paint. Can I just say Robin's Egg is my new favorite color? Cuz it is. I kinda want to put it everywhere. The bathroom is light and bright and I wanted to keep it that way. At first I thought white chair, but then that felt too boring. I went to pick up supplies, spent a few minutes perusing the color options, and hit upon Robin's Egg.
The perfect non-country light blue with a touch of greeny-gray.
And that 's when the idea was born. White legs and back rest, Robin's Egg seat. Mix it up a little, but keep it light and airy feeling. Kinda like this. Isn't the distressing on there pretty? But the idea in my head, and on the screen, did not come to fruition, probably due to lack of planning.
I tend to jump into things, projects, classes, recipes, etc. I guess I assume I'll intuitively get it or just figure it out on the way. My husband tends to be more process-oriented and planful. I like to think we balance each other out nicely. Needless to say, I thought I had thought of everything; sandpaper, paint, drop cloth, vented garage to work in, topcoat and paint brush at the ready. But after I painted the white legs and back rest and went to town on the seat, I realized I was getting Robin's Egg on places I didn't want Robin's Egg.
Then I took a step back and Tim Gunn's voice popped into my head. Except instead of "Andre" he was saying "OMBRE!" And so the ombre chair came into being. I went back over the seat and slightly up the back and down the legs to make it look more intentional. After letting it dry over night I went back over everything with a coat of Minwax Polycrilic Water-based Satin topcoat. This stuff is so easy to use and the result is fab. Just make sure to do thin, even coats and watch for drips. I let it dry, sanded with 200 grit, then applied another coat, and let it dry over night. And here she is!
I love how it turned out! Not too boring, just a bit of color, but still light and bright and fresh feeling. And no more golden oak. Lessons learned?
** Any mention of products I use for my own projects have no affiliation with the company nor do I receive any compensation or incentive to use any specific product. All opinions are strictly my own. **
Boy, I feel like I'm at a Vikings game again. Or am underage.
Today is Monday and for me that means bathroom cleaning day. I've taken to following a cleaning schedule since we moved into the new house. It's worked out really well thus far. Each daily task only takes about 30 minutes or so. When I've got a little extra time, I try to check off one of the monthly or quarterly to-dos. I'll post about that at some point, but for now, Skol!
I've been slowly but surely getting rid of all purchase, chemical cleaners in our house and switching over to DIY organic cleaners. With the girls I just didn't want things around that they could accidently swallow or were just really not good for our bodies. With news about kids eating laundry pods because they looked like candy, I wanted to take a totally different approach and feel like I'd made our home a little more kiddo friendly. Also, when cleaners are classified by OSHA as "hazardous" causing skin corrosion or irritation and serious eye damage/eye irritation, well I want to think that there are better, non-corrosive, non-irritation options.
Now, a quick note. Do cleaners come with instructions for safe use? Of course they do. Do any major companies expect you to go squirting a bathroom cleaner in your eye? Nope. Do we keep our cleaners up high and away from the kids? You bet. Yet, according to the CDC,
"every day, over 300 children in the United States ages 0 to 19 are treated in an emergency department, and two children die, as a result of being poisoned. It’s not just chemicals in your home marked with clear warning labels that can be dangerous to children. Chemicals in and around the home can poison people or pets and can cause long-term health effects. Every 13 seconds, a poison control center in the United States answers a call about a possible poisoning. More than 90% of these exposures occur in the home".
So, that's a little scary to think about, huh? The Environmental Working Group is a fantastic resource for finding out more about your current cleaning products and safer alternatives. They rate and review most over-the-counter brands and products. Their website states that "products with artificial fragrances can trigger allergies, and products can contain low levels of formaldehyde (a carcinogen) without disclosure, among others, which can lead to birth defects in pregnant women using the cleaners". Who needs that?!?!
Okay, enough soap box. The point is, I decided to do my best to go green and organic and get rid of the chemicals as much as possible in the house. So, here we are, back at bathroom cleaning day and in need of cheap vodka.
See, vodka is not just great for lemonade. The alcohol in vodka helps kill mildew, mold, germs and avert rusting.It also has antiseptic properties due to the alcohol. So basically, it disinfects, which is what we want to do in a bathroom when we clean, right? Apparently, it also aids in reducing stress and has anesthetic properties, but really, I think we all intuitively knew that...or learned it early on! For more interesting, fun vodka facts click here.
Today I present my favorite bathroom DIY cleaner recipes using vodka. I buy the cheap stuff (like Skol) because why waste good vodka on your shower?
My big aha moment with cleaning? You gotta let it sit. This is important people! Even brand name cleaners need time to disinfect. You can't just spray it on and wipe it right off. I tend to spray down each bathroom, then go back to where I started to wipe everything down. I like using microfiber cloths (wash and reuse!), but paper towel works just as well.
1 part vodka
1 part white vinegar
1 1/2 parts distilled or boiled and cooled water
Essential oil if you like to scent it (10-20 drps)
** part can be 1/2 cup or cup depending on your container **
Daily shower spray
This I like because it makes me feel like the shower is clean all the time, and it smells great. Plus, it can keep soap scum from forming. Bonus! If you are a morning person, try using peppermint, grapefruit, or any citrus oil. It's a great wake up. Prefer a night time shower? Try something more grounding like Balance, cedar, or lavender.
1 part vodka
2 parts distilled or boiled and cooled water
Essential oil for scent (5-10 drops)
**There are lots of cheap vodkas out there, I just happened to choose Skol because it was the cheapest at my local liquor store and I buy the biggest bottle available :) **
In our first house we inherited some furniture. The previous owners didn't want to move it and we needed it, so we struck a deal and both got a little something. We ended up with a sofa, bed and dresser set, futon and two Poang chairs. Not a bad deal considering we were moving from a one bedroom apartment to a four bedroom house whilst my being uber pregnant. It was less stuff to move, less stuff to buy and it worked pretty well. To be honest, I really liked the bedroom set. The futon wasn't bad at all, and I even liked the Poang chairs. The sofa though, not my cup of tea.
We were new to the whole buy and decorate a house thing though. And we were much more oh-my-gosh-we're-new-parents focused than anything else. So what did we do? Go out and buy the matching love seat of course! Because that's so logical when you're new to this whole making a house feel like yours. Plus we had family coming to stay with us and meet the new baby, so of course, they'd need somewhere to sit.
And all in all, it worked out okay.
Until we started getting the itch to make the house feel like ours.
And I was over feeling like I lived in a nut.
See, our first home was all golden oak trim, golden oak doors, golden oak cabinets, golden oak floors, are you getting a good mental picture? And all the walls were some sort of cafe au lait or chocolate color, except the master bedroom, by some wonderful quirk of fate, which was a delicious, deep blue I adored. I just couldn't stand it much more and slowly things got painted. First, the laundry cabinets became white. Then the vanities followed suit. The master bathroom changed from purple (gag me!) to light blue/gray. And finally we got around to the first floor. After some debating, negotiating and calling in some external help, we decided on a shade of gray with a blue undertone and blissfully painted away the nutty kitchen, dining and living room.
But we still had that sofa and love seat.
Two pieces we never would have chosen ourselves had we gone shopping for them. And don't get me wrong, they aren't 70's floral or an atrocious color. They just weren't us and arguably didn't fit the space well. But of course, when we decided to move state, we brought them with us. Because hey, we didn't know where we'd end up and maybe, just maybe, they'd work really well in the new house we'd eventually buy.
That never really happens, does it? I mean, the possibility that the furniture you purchase for one home could fit any other home you might move into. Because you measure for it and arrange for the space you've got. But then you move to a new space and suddenly, the room is bigger or smaller, the door or windows are in different places, there's a random post somewhere or you went from confined space to open floor plan. And then you've got stuff you hauled across the country and paid to store and put in it's new space and
You finally get to shop for the furniture you'd really rather have!
After measuring our space and looking at lots of different options, we chose the white slip covered sectional. Yes, we have two little girls. Yes, we have cat. Yes, we drink wine and coffee. But, we were sold on the sectional, and the potential to just toss the covers in the wash as needed. And white you say? Um yes, because now I don't have to worry about color-safe bleach. If need be, I can just bleach it and you'd never know. It will be delivered on Friday and I can't wait! In the meantime, we've got a bunch pillows on the living room floor. We're not big tv watchers anyway so having lots of empty space means we get to have a dance party to Toddler radio on Pandora. Wheels on the bus anyone? Come on! You know it always gets you out on the floor!
The old sofa and love seat? They've found a new home in the basement, and oddly enough, they look rather cozy down there. Almost like they actually fit the space. Wait, what?! But seriously, they do. Now, if we could just get rid of the cafe au lait walls...and ceiling...and carpet. I swear they followed me here!
Getting to know all about you! Well, me I guess really. Hello blog world! I'm super excited to be starting my own blog about a little bit of everything. Life has certainly changed over the past few years for me and I hope I've got a bit to share with the world. Expertise? Maybe sometimes, but more likely just a bit of of my own at times awkward experiences.
A bit about me
Married: yes, for fours years to a lovely Englishman
Kids: two darling daughters
New to: Colorado, formerly a proud Midwesterner
Job: stay at home mom for now, but immersion teacher for 10 years and possibly going back to the classroom
Exploring: DIY green cleaning products, essential oils, DIY decorating and prettying up our new home, cooking, bourbon and beer, how to make life easier and more enjoyable, and of course, blogging
I'm Tonia, a Midwesterner transplanted to Colorado. I'm a mom of two lovely littles, a yoga instructor, DIY-er, teacher, stay at home mom, and a doTERRA Wellness Advocate. I blog about a little bit of all of these and everything in between!
Are you looking for natural health options, but don't know where to start? Book a 1-on-1 appointment with me! We'll spend about 30 minutes getting to know your health goals and concerns, learn a bit about doTERRA, and go over the most commonly used oils that meet your needs. You don't have to buy anything, but if you see something you like, of course I can help you!