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Ikea Vintage-Inspired Pendant Lighting

Hi there! I have another quick master bath/closet update for you today! It is so satisfying to be able to check off another item on the to-do list. We have this awkward toilet nook in our bathroom right by the shower. It’s very narrow and didn’t have much going for it {aside from the storage cabinet from Target that we added a few years ago}. The photo below makes me want to claw my eyes out a little bit. I’m sorry if it makes you feel this way, too. Stay strong. Prettier pictures to come {Yup – pretty pictures of my toilet. You’re welcome.}.

toilet nook before

You can kinda see that we had just a builder basic globe style light on the ceiling. Not the worst thing ever, definitely not the best. I had toyed around with the idea of DIYing some kind of chandelier for this area to try to glam things up a bit. (Yes. You heard me. Glam up the toilet nook.}. My dear, dear husband found this idea to be a bit, um….ridiculous. We may or may not have had a “discussion” about why one would want a pretty light fixture above the toilet. πŸ™‚

If this nook was by itself, I think a chandelier would look very pretty, but since it is part of a larger space, I left that idea behind. I wanted the light fixture in the nook to be the same as in the closet. I knew if there were two chandeliers, it would start to look too busy.

I decided a pendant light would be a better choice. I started the search online and was starting to get discouraged by not finding the right fixture in my price range. Then, Ikea came to my rescue once more with the VANADIN pendant light. I suppose it is somewhat of an Ikea week around here. {see : Ikea curtains and Ikea frames}. I think this must be a new one, because I don’t remember seeing it before {and believe me, I’m well acquainted with the Ikea catalogue}. And! The best part… it’s only $20!!

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The shade is milk glass with a clear glass knob at the top. It has a 1940’s vintage vibe to it. It fits in perfectly with the look and feel I am going for in this space, and the price is definitely right. I love that the clear glass part ties in with the vintage-style glass knobs on the cabinet, too! Since the light fills in the visual space above the cabinet, it draws the eye upward making the space feel taller and roomier. Much better, wouldn’t you say?

Ikea pendant light for $20

This was my first try at installing a pendant light fixture. I’m proud of myself for finishing the job without electrocuting myself or breaking anything {glass or bones}. I would recommend having someone help you when hanging any light fixture. We only have two hands, after all! It will make the job much easier to accomplish. I hung the same type of fixture in the closet. Here is a look at it with the light on. I love the texture of the cut glass!

Ikea pendant light for $20

All of the nice clean white we have going on in this corner made me realize how yellow the fan vent is up there. Consider it added to the to-do list!

Ikea pendant light for $20

Speaking of the list! Here’s a run down of where we are with the bathroom makeover :

Phase One:

paint walls a light grey

frost shower door

replace light fixture above vanityΒ 

replace light fixture in nook

paint vanity

frame out mirror

find an area rug

artwork over tub

re-upholster vanity stool

re-caulk tub and shower

clean/brighten grout

replace fan grill

replace almond light switches/outlets

paint trim

replace faucets

Phase Two –

replace carpet and linoleum with tile

I’m ready to cross a few more items on the list! There aren’t too many “big” projects left, so we’re mostly down the details and accessorizing. I can’t wait to show you the entire finished product!

Have a great day, y’all! It’s almost Friday! πŸ™‚

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Master Bath Gallery Wall

Our master bath and closet makeover is coming along! We are slowly, but surely checking projects off the list. I am so excited to share the latest one! We finally have some art on the big, blank wall above the tub, and it makes me smile every time I walk in there!

My goal for our bathroom has been to create a calm, and peaceful space. We started by painting the walls a light grey {and sending the gold ones packing}. I wanted to bring color in the room through accessories and art, but wanted to keep the colors muted and peaceful. I have admired the Rifle Paper Co.’s prints for as long as I can remember, and knew their usual palette would fit in very nicely with my vision for the space. You may remember the floral RPC prints I included on my master bath mood board.

Once I saw this post from Young House Love, my idea for the artwork took a slight turn. I fell in love with their calendar turned wall art, and snagged one as fast as I could {They were on clearance for $14, plus I knew since YHL mentioned them, they’d fly off the shelves. The calendar is no longer available, but RPC says they will have the featured prints available soon.}.

On my most recent Ikea trip, I picked up 12 of the NYTTJA frames. {$1.99 each}

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I used the paper insert as a template to cut out each print {since I didn’t want the calendar portion to show}.

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Once I had all 12 prints framed, I played around with different layouts on the floor. I made sure to take a picture of my final layout decision with my phone so I could refer back to it later. {see: fabulous iPhone pic below}

Master bath gallery wall  - snapping a pic of the layout of the floor so I would remember when it was time to hang

I hung pieces of paper in the same size as the frames on the wall and lived with that for a few days. I wanted to make sure I was happy with the placement and grid layout on that wall before I spent the time an effort hanging each frame. This is a helpful tip when working on any kid of gallery wall.

Master bath gallery wall  -- hang sheets of paper to plan your wall before hanging frames

To hang the frames, I used the velcro Command Strips for picture hanging, which can hold up to 16 pounds. The Ikea frames are very light weight, so there are no worries of them falling. The frames also have plexiglass instead of actual glass, so if for some reason there was a mishap, we wouldn’t have to deal with the danger of broken glass in the tub.

Master bath gallery wall

I am forever a fan of Command Strips {Not a sponsored post…I just swear by them!}. I used two strips per frame, and they were so easy to hang. The best part of the velcro was if a frame wasn’t perfectly level, I could easily straighten it out without having to completely start over.

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Each frame is hung 2 inches apart from its neighbors. I started with the center print on the bottom row and built out around it. The entire hanging process only took about half an hour.

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Here is a closer look at each of the prints. I am glad that I decided to steer away from the floral prints. The floral prints are beautiful, but I think it would have made the bathroom a little too feminine and frilly. These are more appropriate for our shared master bath. I also now feel the intense need to visit each of these cities. πŸ™‚ Aren’t they awesome?

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

Master bath gallery wall

I am so happy with the finished product! It has made a big impact on the bathroom — and for only $36 total! The lighter paint has already made the room feel bigger, and now the artwork has made the ceiling feel taller. It is definitely feeling open and airy — which I love!

Have you ever used something a little unconventional for art work in your home?Β 

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New Bedroom Curtains {for only $32 smackeroos!}

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! We spent part of the weekend tackling a couple of projects we have been meaning to get to. One of those projects was hanging curtains in our master bedroom. It only took us 4 years! πŸ™‚

bedroom before curtains

A few months back, I bought two sets of VIVAN curtains from Ikea in white. They come in packages of 2 panels for only $9.99 and are a full 98 1/2 inches long! They also come in a variety of other colors. This is an incredible deal! You can hardly find one panel at that length for $20, much less 4!

I, of course, had to stop by the “As Is” section at my Ikea before checking out. There I found these curtain rods on clearance for $1.99. They were too long and I was not a fan of the finials, but at that price I knew I could alter them to work and still spend significantly less than I would on the “right curtain rods”.

So, I let all of that sit for something like 4 months. We waited 4 years for curtains, what’s another 4 months, right? This weekend, I finally pulled out my Dremel rotary tool so I could cut down the rods to size {in this case, 40″}. The finials were replaced with white ceramic drawer pulls from Hobby Lobby {$2 a piece on their half off sale}.

Master Bedroom curtains for only $32 total!

We have vaulted ceilings in our bedroom and our windows are on the shortest wall of the room. I hung the curtains about 9 inches above each window to help lengthen that side of the room. They draw your eye upward and it makes the room feel bigger, but the curtains also soften up that side of the room so we didn’t lose any coziness. In fact, it feels even cozier!

Master Bedroom curtains

Master Bedroom curtains for only $32 total!

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For $32, we have two full sets of drapes and a room that finally feels finished! This is one of those I definitely wish I would’ve have gotten around to sooner. It didn’t take that long at all, was incredibly affordable, and made a huge impact on the room.

Do you have any projects like this that you have been putting off? Make plans to tackle them! You’ll be glad you did! πŸ™‚

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InstaFriday #28 {and a winner!}

Happy Friday!! It’s time once more to pull those pictures off of the phone and reflect on the little things that have happened in the last week. Or last two weeks… I was hardly a functional human being last Friday {post Fourth, and had to go into the office}.

…but before I get to that… I just have to say thank you to all of you for your kind words this week! This blog and all of you are definitely a bright spot in my life. It’s always good to hear that you enjoy it as well. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and cheering me along the way! πŸ™‚

Now! On to InstaFriday!

Summer is clearly here to stay. Hot hot hot. I’m counting down the days until Fall {only 71!}. There is one thing I do love about Summer….the fruit! If I could eat nothing but watermelon, berries, and cherries for 4 months… I so would.

Exhibit A: I ate half of a watermelon on my own in a matter of days. And I’m not ashamed to admit it. I am fully lycopened.

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I can’t get enough of this cutie. We had an impromptu FroYo date after his post-op appointment. I have this problem when I go somewhere that has multiple options {i.e. Chipotle, a salad bar, FroYo bars} and I just want to pile on ALLTHETHINGS that look delicious…even if they don’t go together. My bowl looks like a 4 year old put it together. My husband’s looks like an adult bowl of FroYo. Granola. Fruit. He’s so much more dignified that I am.

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Our 4th of July was fabulous. We celebrated like it was 2003. No, seriously. My best friend {who grew up down the street from me} was in town, so we all went to her parents’ house…the place we hung out the most in high school. With nearly our entire crew + spouses and some new ones we picked up along the way. I’ve known some of these people since I was 8 years old. Even though we’re all scattered about and doing our own things, we still make a point to get together whenever we can. We’re seriously blessed to have such wonderful life long friends. πŸ™‚

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We grilled out and then had our own firework show. Which was questionable at best. See : fireworks that were supposed to look like smiley faces and the pooping puppy.

InstaFriday

InstaFriday

The highlight of my week… a friend from church was cleaning out and no longer wanted her Cricut…so she gave it to me! I have been wanting a die cut machine for a really long time, but it just hasn’t been in the budget. I am so excited! I {of course} already have 8 thousand things I want to make. πŸ™‚

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And…obligatory dog picture of the week…. She is such a ham.

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Also! We have a winner for the Blogiversary Prize Pack giveaway!

Giveaway winner

Giveaway winner

Congratulations, Cynthia! I’ll be e-mailing you today!

Thanks to all who entered the giveaway! Arosi Lee has a 20% off special for all Like a Saturday readers! It can be applied to any purchase over $30. Just use code LIKEASATURDAY.

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Have a great weekend, y’all!

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I’m ONE!

Happy Blogiversary to me! Yep! One year ago today, I started writing this little ol’ blog. My mom read it…and maybe a couple of other people. I have learned so much in a year, and now have thousands of people reading {!!!}. It’s funny to look back at early posts. I think “why did I do that?”. You’ve gotta start somewhere! And I still have a long way to go… I love learning and striving to be better!

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Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we?

My first real post ever {aside from introducing my self} : DIY Rustic Chalkboard

This is still one of my favorite craft projects ever. It’s crazy easy. I love having it hanging on my front porch and changing out the doodles and quotes with the seasons. {see : here and here}

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3 Most Loved Posts :Β 

1) DIY Small Ironing TableΒ 

This is the project that has received the most hits…which is hilarious really. My mom was about to giveaway the TV tray, but I told her that I could whip it up into something useful for her new quilting hobby. I didn’t think it would be that big of a hit. Who knew!?

diy small ironing table : like a saturday

2) Coffee Table Refresh

I’m so glad this project has received so much love! Stripping and re-staining this table was so much easier than I ever anticipated and helped bringing our living room to the next level. And I still LOVE my rug. Like lay on it and pet it love. I don’t even care that it’s hard to vacuum and it sheds. It’s so pretty.

coffee table refresh {and new rug} : like a saturday

3) Linen Closet Organization

Oh, this post. I like it because what it is, not how it looks. But I cringe a little bit every day when I see how many people are getting to me through this post on Pinterest…and these photos are their first impression of this blog. I’d like to think I’ve grown since then. πŸ˜‰ I think it’s about time to re-photograph the closet and do a little update. But the organization has stayed! I still love it!

Linen Closet Organization

Top Recipe: Healthy Coconut Smoothie

Thanks to being featured on Dr. Frank Lipman’s website {say what??} this recipe has been a big hit. Easy, healthy, delicious. The recipe trifecta, amIright?

coconut smoothie : like a saturday

Most loved Seasonal Post: Christmas Tree Cones

Is it bad that I’m already dreaming about Christmas? I think I already know where I want to reuse these. πŸ™‚

DIY Christmas Tree Cones

So, Β I want to hear from you! What kinds of posts do you want to see more of here?Β 

I am so thankful for all of you who read this blog and those of you who take the time to comment or e-mail. I’m still amazed at how much this blog has grown and how many people actually stop by every day. It has been a fun adventure, and I can’t to see what else will come of this. πŸ™‚

If you haven’t entered the blogiversary prize pack giveaway yet, you only have until 11 pm {central} tonight! Make sure you head over there to enter! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning!

And don’t forget…you can also connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!

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