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Radiant Orchid Pantone

Radiant Orchard color of the year

Radiant Orchid Pantone – Embrace it!

Have you embraced the 2014 color of the year, Radiant Orchid Pantone at Lowe’s?  Even if you do not care for Radiant Orchid Pantone, you have to admit, the color is totally captivating.  Its Magical powers draw you to want to add this color somewhere in your decor themes.  This one enchanting color, screams for its users to be original through their own creativity.  I admit, at first,  I was not too crazy about Radiant Orchid Pantone, then it just took hold and we at Hello I Live Here had to find some way to show case this bold, mystic color everyone was gloating about.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

When you view Radiant Orchid Pantone it truly gives you a smile, as you admit to yourself this color is perfect harmony.  Its such a happy color it encourages, inspires, and builds confidence in any piece that wears it, clothing, decor or furniture.  Radiant Orchid Pantone is like that touch you get from a good pair of shoes that helps your best outfit stand out and be at its best.  This one little color mix of fuchsia, purple, and pink undertones expose a rosy glow like your grandmothers cheeks.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

It took us a while to find it, but today, Hello I Live Here used Pantone’s color of the year, Radiant Orchid, on that prefect piece.  This little vintage end table has masculine lines, and wears Radiant Orchid Pantone as if it was made just for modern furniture.  This lovely color looks good on any skin tone and furniture. I can say this truthfully, because my fingers were full of the color earlier 🙂 and it made me feel like my pale winter skin tones were bright and lively.  If this one color can make me feel this alive, I can only imagine the power it will truly possess when it catches on.

Radiant Orchid Pantone

After using this lively color of hope and joy, it is clear to say, Leatrice Eiseman’s wild choice may actually be a hit in the decor world as well as fashion.  If you have not used Radiant Orchid by Pantone yet, embrace it!  Find that one piece of furniture that can wear this color like you would wear that great pair of shoes, and watch that decor piece come to life with every brush stoke.  You will be happy you gave it a try – we were 😉 .  And PS, this little piece has everyone who sees it in my workshop swooning, and wanting to purchase this awesome little table.  We also came up with an antiquing technique that we feel will be wonderful for this color, and still keep its message alive.  Until we complete our next post of Radiant Orchid painted pieces, happy color of the year everyone!  Here’s to new, brighter beginnings starting with this wonderful little can of color, Radiant Orchid.

Post you some table progress tomorrow!

By Linda Crandall  🙂

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

DIY Tile Project

Hope your holiday was great everyone – Today’s post is about our DIY Tile Project. We are still working in the Master Bathroom as we make our way to our DIY Tile Project.  We finished up our other 4 posts in the master bathroom with Storage, board & Batten wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), framing the mirror and our magazine rack (featured on Bob Vila Nation).  We are completing part V of the bathroom makeover by showing you how tiling a vanity back-splash can change the whole feel to your room.

DIY Tile Project

We purchased Daltile 3 in x 12 in Snow Illusion Decorative Accent tile that is timeless, gives that cottage feel we were going for, and the best part – our readers helped us choose the tile!  We started by finishing our board & batten wainscoting by bringing it around the sink area to tie all the walls into together in our master bath.  After we framed the mirror, we wanted to add a pop with some tile, so we came to our readers and asked your opinion on a tile choice that could help give the vanity that subtle pop we were looking to achieve.  We gave you two tile choices, and the small mosaic grey/white/dark grey won with an over whelming 89%.  Thank you all who stopped by our Facebook page to join in on the voting fun.  Once we had our tile choice we got to work gathering what we needed to complete the job.

Project time:

Our DIY Tile Project is a moderate skill level, took us a weekend to complete (due to dry time), and cost us about $75.00.

Here’s what we used:                                                                                                              Thin set, Tile, trowel, rubber grout float, spacers, white grout, sponge, large bucket, caulking, black sharpie, and tile saw.

Here’s what we did:

First we figured out the pattern on the back-splash area of how we wanted to lay out the DIY tile project.  We drew our lines using a black sharpie marker to cut our tiles.  We then cleaned and prepped the areas were we tiled.

DIY Tile Project

Next, we cut the tile pieces (this is our first tile job, and we do not have a saw for this job so we cut them with the help of our good friends at Lowe’s).  Once the pieces were cut, we refitted the pieces and marked the backs with a number pattern to remember where we wanted them.

DIY Tile Project

Then we buttered the back of each tile with the Thin set product we purchase from Lowe’s and set the tiles directly to the back-splash – we started behind the sink faucets first so we could set the first row of tiles.

DIY Tile Project

Once we set this row, we cut the extra tiles down the middle into rows of two’s and added the pieces above the first set of tiles we installed.

DIY Tile Project

When we finished the back wall area, we moved to the right side and then the left side of the vanity, installing each set of Tile the same way. (Note: We made sure to use spacers to give the bottom of the tiles the space we needed to fit in the seal at the bottom to prevent water from absorbing under the tiles.  And we cleaned our grout free of Thin Set to make sure it did not dry on the tile overnight.)

DIY Tile Project

The following day, we removed the spaces and grouted the tile with a Bright White simple grout purchased from Home Depot.  We used an unsanded grout with our tile to prevent scratching. We applied the grout using a float made for our area size.  Using a 45-degree angle, we applied the grout working it into the tiles, removing the excess grout with a damp sponge.  We continued to clean until all the grout was gone, changing our water a couple times to make sure the grout would not stick in the sponge.

DIY Tile Project

Our project came out just as we wanted.  The new tile helped give that little amount of pop our master bathroom needed to bring part V to a close.

DIY Tile Project

We hope you enjoyed out Master bathroom DIY tile project Part V of our Master bathroom makeover series.  We will be wrapping up our series in a couple days to show you the whole bathroom and all we did in one post with all the finishing touches.  Until then, happy DIY tile project!  Post you soon and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here to read our posts.

Linda 🙂

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Welcome to Framing Bathroom Mirrors – Part IV in our master bath remodel series.  Last night, I shared the ripple effect story – guess what we are now rippling over to framing bathroom mirrors portion of our remodel.  Framing bathroom mirrors is an easy project that should take you no more than 1 hour to complete, plus the time to paint in the color of your choice.  We are going white since our board and batten wainscoting featured on Bob Vila Nation is a bright white.

Make sure you gather everything you need to complete your project before you get started.  Hello I Live Here used the following items:  Ryobi Miter saw, Ryobi Cat Sander, white caulk for bathroom/caulk gun, Stanley tape measure, pencil (2), Liquid nails adhesive, Scotch painters tape, and 3 ¼ in x 8 ft white casing.  We purchased all our products from Lowe’s for this project.

Here’s what we did to get this look:

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

First we cleaned the mirror with Windex (every time I use it, it remind me of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding – “put some Windex on it!”)  Next, we measured the bottom of the mirror to 77 5/8” for our project and cut our bottom casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then, cut small amounts out of the top and bottom back of the casing so it will go over the clips and lay flat to the mirror.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Adhere the casing to the mirror with Liquid Nails adhesive and the painters tape to keep the seal.  I also added a bead of caulk around the top, bottom and sides before I set the casing, I wanted to prevent moisture from getting behind the casing.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Then we measured our sides by adding a scrap piece of casing to the top, getting our 33 5/8-in measurement for the side casings.  We cut, added the bead of caulking as we did with the bottom board, and liquid nails.  We set the side casings, and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

Note:  we did not like how the casing from the side hung over the bottom, so we used our Ryobi cat sander to round the edges so that wonderful bottom inlay could be seen better.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

The last piece of the puzzle was to cut the top casing to 77 5/8-in, adding the liquid nails adhesive, caulking for protection.  We affixed the casing to the top of the mirror and taped.

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

That was pretty easy right?  It took all of 1 hour to complete the whole project.  There were no problems when installing, making our project smooth sailing.  Look at the difference a little molding can make.  From builder drab, to home owner fab 😉

Framing Bathroom Mirrors

We hope you enjoyed Part IV – Framing Bathroom Mirrors in our master bathroom make over.  Tomorrow we will have the last part in our five part series to wrap up the master bathroom (that is until the DIY Decorating Ripple Effect appears again!)  Happy DIY everyone and thanks for stopping by Hello I Live Here.

Linda

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Paint colors

DIY Decorating Ripple Effect

Do you know what the DIY ripple effect is?  It’s what one DIY project can bring on when you start redecorating just one room in your home.  You all know what I am talking about – you start making over one room, and that room connects to another, so you have to make over that room, and before you know it –BAM! DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT – the whole house has been redecorated due to one room being changed.

Well, that’s what’s happening right now in our little villa.  It all started when I had to build in the laundry room.  You remember the wire shelving that nearly impaled me when it came off the wall (if you missed the story, click the link here and read up).  This one tiny room started the whole darn thing.  It moved from the laundry room to putting in a book case in a rather bland stairwell (post click here), and then moved to minor changes in the guest bath with a new towel rack built from two old shutters (click here for post), and has sailed right over to the master bathroom make over.

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Yep, it was only going to be a little board and batten (featured on Bob Vila), and then moved to a little master bathroom storage (click here for post), with a vanity make over (click post here), and we are still not done, because now I need to add just a little tile, and do something with that plan white shower, and builder grade mirror.  Oh, don’t forget now I need to make a storage system for under the sinks!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, it hasn’t stopped there – Because I painted the wonderful Valspar “Shaken not Stirred” color and James bond up that room, it was an awful effect when you looked from the master bedroom into the now beautiful master bathroom.  What was a girl to do other than, you got it…do a small make over on the master bedroom!  After all it all connects doesn’t it? Who wants to lay there looking at what did not get done! 😉

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECTSo now, I am finishing the master bath, and by all means jumped the ladder right into the master bedroom and started changing the paint color to HGTV paint color colonel grey all why the hubby is murmuring behind me those little words…oh no, the DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, its a sickness!  The curse of many home owners for centuries – we love the ripple effect, them … no so much!

DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT

Well, we all know it’s not going to stop there because sitting here writing this post, I can now see the fancy new paint color looming out the door of the master bedroom to the living area – I just can’t turn my eyes from that problem…so, once the bedroom is completed, what do you think will happen?  The Tidal wave of THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT will start rolling right on out that door and into this room like a wave on a shore.  Let’s just hope hubby’s not home when I start remodeling those rooms.  After all, every man needs some surprise in his life!

Overall, it’s been a great start over the last six months building our DIY blog, Hello I Live Here, so, here’s to THE DIY DECORATING RIPPLE EFFECT, without it The Home Depot and Lowe’s would be two very sad places, and Hello I Live Here would have nothing to share with you – win win in my book!! 😉

Tell us about your ripple effect by leave us a comment below, after all you can’t leave a girl out here in ripple effect world alone!  Happy Friday and thanks for stopping by everyone.

Linda 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Updating a Bathroom Vanity – Part III Master Bath Makeover

Happy Wednesday everyone!  Welcome to part III of our master bathroom update on updating a bathroom vanity.  Yesterday, we shared how we installed our Board and Batten Wainscoting (featured on Bob Vila Nation), and our master bathroom storage we build in the first two parts of the master bathroom makeover.

Today, my post is about the updating a bathroom vanity, that was builder grade, with a splash of color.  I never liked the lighter cabinetry when we purchased our Villa, and I knew I would be updating a bathroom vanity as soon as I could with paint – there is nothing more dull then a vanity you dislike!  So let’s get started on making this dull vanity shine. 🙂

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s what you will need for updating a bathroom vanity, which can be purchased from Lowe’s and The Home Depot :

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Here’s the process Hello I Live Here used:

First, we cleaned down the vanity and let dry. Next, we removed the hardware, doors, drawers and false fronts.  Make sure you use painters tape to keep your walls clean if your vanity touches them.)  Then, I used liquid sand and let dry. (Our vanity had a clear finish, using liquid sand before I painted, helped to adhere the primer/paint.)

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Once dry we applied our primer to both sides of the doors, drawer fronts/false panels, and the frame.  We lightly sanded in between the primer and paint color.  Using a tact cloth we removed the excess sand dust and put added the paint color to the vanity.  Once dry repeat a second coat.  After the drying process (the next day) I added two coats of quick dry polyurethane for protection.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Finish the project by reattaching the doors, drawers/false fronts, and adding your new hardware.

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

Your project is now ready for you to enjoy!

Updating a Bathroom Vanity

I love painting pieces, but the most important thing on a bathroom vanity is to take your time and prep the vanity properly to make sure you don’t have to redo the piece.  I hope you enjoyed Part III of our Bathroom makeover series.  I will be back tomorrow to show you what we do to update the vanity top and mirror/lighting in Part IV.

Have a great night everyone!!

Linda

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