Author: Brooke

My life in no particular order: dancing, eating, reading, fitness, crafting interesting food & cocktails, shopping, painting (walls, not pictures) & spending quality time with my main squeeze Slowhand and HRH Bettie Lu.

Quirky Masculine Guest Bathroom


Our style in this house has definitely skewed towards the masculine side of the decorating spectrum and the guest bathroom is no exception.  As with every room in this house, the guest bath was white, white, white, and standard 90’s.


Try to control your excitement.


I wanted to soften up the look of the room with a shower curtain, so we removed the glass shower doors.


Removing the shower doors was a lot easier than I anticipated.  It was just a matter of taking the doors off, unscrewing the frame, and then scraping off the residual caulk.


I decided to paint the walls the same color that I used in the great room–Sherwin Williams “Grizzle Gray” #7068 in a flat finish.  I know many people choose to use a paint with a sheen for kitchens and bathrooms, however, I love flat paint on all walls.  It hides imperfections and softens the look of textured surfaces.


I had originally intended to paint the wood on the sink cabinet, but after getting the dark gray paint on the walls, the wood appeared richer in color, so I kept it as is.  After hanging the shower curtain, putting down a rug, changing out the light fixture, and adding decorative elements, we have this:


I picked up the shower curtain at Marshall’s, the shower hooks from Target, and the rug from T.J. Maxx.  The mirror, plate, and framed pictures are all from various antique and thrift stores.


It’s hard to get good photos of this room since it is small.


Here are some close up shots:



This shelf is one of my favorite thrift store finds to date.  It’s old and rustic and perfect for the space.



Like most of our projects, everything was done inexpensively.  I believe that the grand total for this room came in under $200.


Thrifty Bathroom Light Fixture

I’m just about ready to post about our guest bathroom redo.  While I am sorting through those pictures, here is a quick little project that I’m pleased to share the results of.  Our guest bath originally had this standard 90’s light bar above the mirror:


We found this replacement at a Salvation Army store for only $10.


I wasn’t wild about the bright gold accents, so I pulled them off and spray painted them copper.


The final product:


I pulled the rings that covered the light sockets off of the original fixture, painted them copper, and added them to the new fixture to give it a more finished look.


We had intended to use vintage style Edison bulbs, but found they were too dim for the space.  These clear halogen bulbs give off plenty of light and still gave us the look we were going for.


It looks great and you can’t beat the price.  I love a bargain piece!


Rock Me Mama

I’m going to start right off by saying that this is my absolute favorite project that we have done yet.  Last December we picked up this old rusty wagon wheel from the “Epic Estate Sale.”


I had been stewing on the idea for some time about making a wagon wheel chandelier to hang above the dining room table and this lovely old gal fit the bill to a “T.”  After some debate about the best/most attractive way to run electricity for the lights, we settled on drilling 5 holes through the hub.


Hanging the wheel was also a challenge as she is nearly 60 pounds.


We went with some heavy duty chains that wrap up and around a double joist in the attic.  I decided to spray the chains with a mix of Rust-Oleum paints to try and mimic the rusty look of the wheel.


We went with an antique gold vintage style socket and olive colored cloth wrapped wire for the lights.


Then it was just a matter of running the wire and deciding how to stagger the lights.


And done!


It’s pretty awesome, right?  I think I’m in love.

We Painted the Refrigerator


It’s been awhile since I last posted, so I’ve got some catching up to do.  If you may recall, we put in a new black stove and range hood last fall.  The old appliances were all white.  We talked about getting a new black fridge to match, but other than looking yellowed, stained, and out of place with the new appliances, the old one still was working perfectly fine.  Paint to the rescue!


I have seen other people paint refrigerators before and generally they move them outside and spray paint them.  I really didn’t want to go through all of that, so we removed all of the trim pieces and I decided to roller on the same Behr Premium Plus Ultra in black Exterior Satin Enamel that I used on the cabinets.  It’s a paint and primer in one and it has been super durable.



After one coat:


I went in with a small detail brush for all of the hard to reach areas on the water/ice dispenser.


We spray painted all of the trim pieces using a semi-gloss.



After that it was just a matter of letting everything dry and putting the trim pieces back on.


It’s been 3 months now of regular use and so far so good.  The paint is sticking and it is easy to clean the finish.


We were a little concerned about the flexible seal on the door holding the paint, but again, so far no cracking or chipping.


Because we already had the leftover enamel paint from the cabinets and extra spray paint around the house, this project cost us $0.  I am super pleased with the result…way better than dropping a bunch of money on a new one!

Epic Estate Sale Haul

When a friend calls on a Sunday morning and says a combination of the phrases, “huge, estate sale, western memorabilia, and happening now” you can bet your bottom dollar that Slowhand and I got off of our asses and hightailed it across town to check it out stat.  Let me tell you, it was beyond awesome.  Every inch of the house inside and out was PACKED with western and movie memorabilia–posters, autographed photos, film props, southwest décor, books, records, tools, and many, many, many odds and ends.  Needless to say, we didn’t leave empty handed.


We scored a number of nicely framed movie posters.


The sale went on for 3 weekends.  We were there the first weekend and then I went back alone the last Saturday and Slowhand ended up there on the last Sunday.


We got quite a bit of stuff–much more than what is pictured here.  As I post more pictures of the house in the future, I’ll point out items that came from this sale.


I have big plans for the wagon wheel and the little bench pictured above.  I actually have a full-time job now, so I don’t have as much free time to devote towards working on house projects, but as I get to them, I will be sure to share!

Lemon Ginger Toddy

I was a bit under the weather last week with a scratchy throat and some sinus yuck going on.  I find that the best remedy for me is some Cold-Eeze lozenges and a hot toddy (or 3!).


I happened to have some Domaine de Canton on hand.  It’s a French ginger liqueur with cognac that I like to add to all sorts of drinks…martinis, margaritas, gin & tonic…it’s tasty (and versatile) stuff.


I paired it with Tazo Green Ginger tea and some lemon.  Sooooo gooooood!  Here’s the recipe:

8 oz. Water, just shy of boiling
1 Tazo Green Ginger tea bag
1.5 oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
Juice from 1/2 a lemon

-Steep the tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes.  Remove and add in the liqueur and lemon.  Give it a quick stir and enjoy!


I’m not sure if it is the tea, the lemon, or the slight alcohol buzz, but this toddy always makes me feel better.

Thanksgiving Photo Dump

We celebrated our first Thanksgiving together in Las Vegas yesterday.  It was relaxing and enjoyable.  I thought I might take a step back from all of the kitchen remodel posts and share some highlights of the day with y’all.


Preparing the Weber grill for…


The turkey!  Yes folks, my preferred method for cooking the traditional bird is on a grill.  I get a turkey breast and make a spinach and bacon stuffing that goes between the skin and the meat.  A 7 lb. breast is usually done in about 2 hours.  It always comes out moist, flavorful, and delicious.


See how beautiful and brown the skin gets?  But wait, I’m getting ahead of myself.  Let’s rewind a bit.


Moonshine.  Because every good holiday celebration should start with shots!  I had been wanting to try this stuff since I noticed it on the liquor store shelves.  It is locally made here in Vegas and our good friend Phil just happened to have a jar to share.  It was smooth and tasty and made us all very happy.


See?  So happy!  I also tried out a tasty new salad.


It’s kale, dried apricots, manchego cheese, and apple salad.  I was pleased because Slowhand isn’t normally much of a kale fan, but he liked this salad.


Dinner was followed by a pear and gorgonzola tart.  We’re not big on dessert around here, but it seemed like the holiday kind of necessitated something.  This was light, autumnal, and not overly sweet.  And it was rustic.  Because we love rustic.