One Room Challenge Week 5: Home Stretch

Hey friend hey. Welcome back to week 5 of One Room Challenge, where I am a day late but not a dollar short (at least not today). WordPress has a new set up and really I have been just too tired to fight it. I am a grand millennial at this point and too old to adapt to new technology.

Nevertheless, I persisted. As a recap, we are updating our master bathroom which we use as a guest bath.

Last week was a bevy of problems. This week is nothing but good things as we cruise into the home stretch with only the kind of luck that I deserve after all of the ripping and running I have had to do just to get this little bathroom going. I called Tile Guy and by I called, I mean Marcus called, and he came out and fixed that little tile in the C that needed changing with zero hassle. So needless to say I was thrilled.

But that was a little problem. My big problem; what to do about the starkness of the space was also solved and rapidly. I fell in love with a striped bamboo wallpaper from Serena and Lily, Veranda, that was conveniently on sale and added four rolls to my cart. The color is absolutely glorious in this soft grey blue that feels coastal and at the same time distinctly like the slightly whimsical vibe that we are giving off in here. The four rolls arrived quickly and one of the fastest installers in all of Raleigh came over and put it in for me. If you are ever in need of wallpapering, Katherine of Paper Kat is incredible and soooo fast and professional. She came over and got this little bathroom done in less than half a day.

I would show you some afters but the least I can do is show some restraint and save something for the reveal. But just know, the paper makes such a big difference to the space. It elongates the height of the ceiling and adds all this visual interest that I didn’t even know I needed when I first began this project. The one thing left would be to add a shower door which we are waiting patiently to arrive. We shall see if we meet our final deadline, huh? Count down is on. In the meantime, here’s me post work, fixing the last of the little problems. I installed a holder for the shower sprayer which was originally mounted near the shower head. It made it impossible to pull down if you were short.

I am so close to finish in here it’s disturbing. I can’t wait to show you guys the space all fully styled and in it’s full glory. See you next week for a hopefully completed space.

One Room Challenge Week 4: More Plumbing, More Problems

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Hello friends, welcome welcome to week 4 of the One Room Challenge at Frustration Station this is your captain Victoria reporting for Duty.

As a recap, we are redoing our master bath which we actually use as a guest bathroom in our house.

Catch up on my weekly progress here:

Week 1 / Week 2 / Week 3 / Week 4 / Week 5

We’re still alive here but just barely. This week saw a ton of progress but also quite a few set backs. I painted the bathroom white which has been our plan all along since it would brighten this sad, windowless, little space, which was one of the key problems we neeeeeded to solve. While I was painting the walls, I removed the old light fixture to put in the light fixture of my dreams as seen in Week 3’s post. It was as cute as I thought it would bee (did you see that pun?). I deserve the joy that only this fixture could give me.

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After installing it which was easy breezy beautiful cover light, the plumbers came which was the moment I was waiting for. They came at the end of last week to get the rough ins prepped so that this week all they had to do was the actual install. They were scheduled to install three fixtures and all three hit some sort of road block. Listing in order of complexity:

  1. Sink- The sink is installed. But in order to get it in, we had to cut the base boards to make room for the legs. No biggie and actually pretty easy for us to handle. Note the saw on the toilet. I cut right behind the legs. Also isn’t the vanity color cute? It’s Melodius by Valspar. It’s a very faint blue but I eyeballed and color matched it to this little vase which I am shaping the entire rooms color palette around.

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2. Shower head- This was a wildly complex installation. It was incredible difficult for even our plumber who has been doing this for years but the part that holds the shower head to the wall also holds the sprayer. Look how high that is! I would have to be Shaq just to reach the sprayer. What we landed on was that once it was drilled into the wall -and you know it was drilled into the wall before we noticed- that we would just get an additional arm to park the sprayer on. So it’s in the mail as we speak, rushed delivered courtesy of our good friend Amazon Prime.

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3. Toilet- Oh boy, oh boy, the toilet. I purchased the Lexington toilet from American Standard that I have affectionately referred to as Square Potty for the last two weeks. It’s gorgeous and everything I didn’t even know I wanted in a toilet because let’s be real, who’s really thinking about a toilet until they have to buy one? Too bad the rough in on Square Potty is 12″ and our bathroom’s rough in is a 10″. No problem. Back to the store we go only to realize, they have no Square Potties with the 10″rough in. We scoured Lowes, Home Depot and the internet and no square potties. I am next level bitter but purchased the next best thing from Wayfair scheduled to arrive on Friday which is perfect timing to get it in before the end of week.

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So Previous Potty still stands where Square Potty should be. Oddly enough, this is not the worst of our problems. The plumbers are paid so they will make sure the job gets done right.

Right now, the biggest problem is that I’ve painted the walls white and it feels STARK in here. It feels icy and cold and I worry that the lack of a backdrop will make the bathroom feel too empty especially since the accessories I’ve planned are glass and brass. No real color in sight. Back to the drawing board we go.

I’ve been toggling between three papers and I am head over heels in looove with this gorgeous horizontal stripe from Farrow and Ball, the closet stripe paper but I can’t justify the cost.

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I am weighing the option for two other papers that would give the room the same feel but aren’t quite the expense.

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Acadia Stripe Wallpaper

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So any moment now, I will pick a paper (or not). With more styling I could be okay leaving this space like this but I need to make a decision soon otherwise this little room won’t be complete by the end of the challenge. I am leaning heavily towards wallpaper.

Also, as the icing on the proverbial cake. I just realized the “C” in the true feature of my shower design, is not perfect. There is a small part of the curved that is messed up.

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I am considering taking a little screw driver to it to fix it or having Tile Guy come back to rectify the issue. Either way, this should not have been grouted and I find it painful that we made it this far without it being right. Sigh. All in all, I’m just ready for the finish line. Tune in next week for How I Fix These Problems with your host, PrepFord Wife.

XO

PrepFord Wife

One Room Challenge Week 1: Plan of Attack

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A happy happy Thursday to you all! I am so excited to share that I’ve decided to participate as a guest in this fall’s One Room Challenge. The One Room Challenge is a biannual forum -April and October- for participants to have a fun and supportive way to share their room transformations over a six week period. This is my first time participating in the ORC and though I have some hesitation about that crunch timing, we have a room that must be done.

The room we are tackling is our downstairs bathroom. This bathroom is off of our kitchen and our guest room which is actually the house’s true master though we don’t use it that way (we took over our entire second floor as our set of masters). What that means is that we have a bit of a challenge on our hands; how to pack all the style of a tradition powder room, because it’s off our kitchen, but also how to maintain some of the formality that people come to expect from a master bath.

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Humor me here with these before photos. I had no idea I would ever need them for a blog post. But we’ve done mild work to this bathroom since moving in, just to make it livable but it still had some serious issues.

The major problem is that this room is at the center of our house and has no natural light at all. Hence the hazy yellow glow in all of the photos. We thought about how we could add light but we can’t add a window or skylight (center of the house and all). And we can’t add a door with frosted glass (it’s off the kitchen and nakedness and a kitchen doesn’t much mesh).  It also has the problem of a very small footprint. But this like I said, this bathroom is at the center of our home and the layout in our house is very efficient; there’s no where we can steal square footage from.

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Another problem is that we hate the vinyl floors. It’s the bane of our existence. We have it in the kitchen though, I painted over it, and knew it just couldn’t stay if we were going to do this room over.

But the most pressing problem and the one that set us off down the renovation bath is the shower stall.  It’s waaaaay too tight, not just for a master but for any full grown adult to enjoy a shower. Oh you can take one, but you surely won’t enjoy it thanks to that bath fitter which eats into the shower area by at least three inches on each side. 

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Here are some inspiration photos:

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I recognize that these images have very little in common with each other except the bright, light and airy aspect of all of them but that is truly the goal.

So here’s where we’re going:

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  • Open up the shower space by removing the bath fitter
  • Create illusion of light by keeping the room white
  • All brass everythaaaang for the fixtures to warm up the icy white
  • A little something special that involves my favorite Outkast lyric of all time
  • Use open vanity to not weigh down the tight area

So that’s what I’ve got folks. I am crossing my fingers that this turns out well. I have been waiting quite some time to do this bathroom and I really want to get it right. Stop by next week for an update and to see if we are on track so far and what pitfalls we inevitably have.

 

XO PrepFord Wife

Small Laundry Room Tiling and Make Over

DIY Tiling Laundry Room 

A follower recently gave me a (very gentle) reminder that I never posted the laundry room reveal. Consider this me giving you a look as well as a laundry room tile DIY from someone who had no idea what they were doing.

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Before of the Laundry Room

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Removable Subway Tile Wallpaper // Ikea Kallax Shelf // Woven Basket // Tabletop Ironing board // Globe Sconce

If you are thinking to yourself, the before and the after look very similar (especially that blue shirt), you would be correct. The before is actually the “middle step” of our laundry room; a simple fix that was done just to carry us through to the “renovation”. The before of the laundry room is an excellent and simple “apartment fix”.

With removable wallpaper, an Ikea Kallax shelf propped on a ledge that once held a wire shelf, and a sconce, this laundry room was an easy fix until the renovation to come and would have been a great stopping point if we never decided to do anything else in here.

The Redo Process

Remove the “Removable wallpaper”

I was really excited about this step because I have always wanted to know if removable wallpaper actually came down without ruining the walls. Clean walls after would make removable wallpaper a renters dream. Plot spoiler: Not.

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These grainy stills give you some idea of what the wall looked like after I removed the wallpaper. The removable wallpaper was not so removable. It shredded the paint that was on the wall. In the wallpaper’s defense, the paint felt incredibly low quality. There was no base coat beneath it and it felt a bit like nail polish when you fail to put a base coat and a top coat, if that makes any sense at all. Whoever painted our house must have done it quickly and inexpensively in an effort to get the house on the market. But consider this your warning if you have ever desired to do removable wallpaper.

I removed all the wallpaper, the shelf, the ledge and the machines and got to work.

Tiling the Wall

Now for why you more than likely came here. I tiled this wall in one afternoon and grouted it the next. As someone who has never tried tiling but has done some diy work before, I found it to be two hammers on a five hammer scale after reading many blogs and watching many videos late at night.

Shopping List 

Bucket(s)

Safety Glasses

Pencil

Level

Rags aka T-shirts

Caulk gun

Caulk

Sponges

American Olean Gloss Subway Tile

Grout Float

11 in flooring trowel

Snap Cutter

Tile Cutter

Grout Maximizer Additive

1/8in White Plastic Spacers

Type 1 Mastic

Sanded Powder Grout– For spacers 1/8in-5/8in

Drill Attachment Spiral Mixing Arm

Tiling the Wall

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Before beginning, it’s best to think through what pattern you want. I wanted the traditional pattern so I buttered the wall with the premixed mortar along the base board. Then I placed a tile in the first position and went all the way across. If you look at the bottom row, you can see spacers placed between the starting row and the base board. I inserted those after doing the first row to make sure that there was a proper amount of space between the first row all the way across.  If you ever watch any tiling videos (which I highly recommend) they say spread the mortar like peanut butter on the back of the tile and the wall then press the tile straight on to the wall so you don’t smear the pattern the trowel made.

After doing the first row, I smeared enough mortar on the wall to do two rows. For the second row, I placed one half a tile that I cut using the tile cutter (unseen) into the first position to begin the staggering pattern. After going all the way across, I did the third row. I made sure with each row that the row was level horizontally but also vertically by making sure the vertical rows were aligned.

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I went up the entire wall avoiding obstacles like plugs. I stopped halfway up the wall to scrape out the grout lines and prep the wall for the closets I planned to put in the laundry closet.

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From this photo, you can see that around the plug, I completely left this area open. I planned to go back in with a single tile that I used a wet saw with to complete the hole.

You can also see if you look in between the empty grout lines that mortar got in. I used a metal nail file and a screw driver to scrape that out.

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For end pieces. I measured the space for the finishing tile by placing a loose tile next to a row. I made a mark on the tile where the tile in the wall end and then used the tile cutter to cut there. Then I could use the long piece to match up to this row and the short piece to place in the row above.

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Once I reached a certain height on the wall, I installed these unfinished wall cabinets by finding the studs and drilling a screw into the top and bottom of the cabinet. If you look closely in the below cabinet you could probably see the screw. A better way to do it (in a less stressed and exhausted hindsight) would be to place the screw right below the shelf so its less visible. Without boring you with the nitty gritty details, I installed this cabinet by myself by screwing a 2×4 to the wall at the height that would be below the cabinet. I then rested the cabinet on it as a brace so I could screw it into the wall. And you can also see the whole from that screw below the cabinet in the below photo..

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After finishing up the wall, I realized I had some extra space below the cabinets and scored these little pieces to fill the gap. They came in a pack of 12 and fit nicely in this area. After letting the wall dry overnight, I followed the direction on the grout package to a T and smeared this wall. You can see the pattern that I used to fill the wall by the smears. For the small tight spaces, I used the caulk that I purchased which was the same brand and therefore color as the grout. Most major grout brands sell this caulk. Jackpot!

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It look about five buckets of clean water, two sponges and two cut up college t-shirts to smear the haze off the wall. I started with a piece of cut t-shirt to rub off the excess, then a sponge filled with warm water. And another sponge of warm water. Then another sponge. Seeing a pattern here? Followed by another cut up t-shirt. ED192CF8-367B-4FB7-918C-FF3C9B127913F90406F3-17BA-4930-88F4-00755EC664C4

Until finally the wall was clean. If you look at this photo, you can see there are still gaps around the outlets that I still hadn’t solved by cutting out a piece of tile with a wet saw. In case you are wondering, those are still like that. I have been sooooo busy since Christmas (when this project was done) that I have yet to complete this. I will I promise! It looks a bit unfinished like this.

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I painted the walls a hydrangea blue-purple that changes color with the light and patched up the wall where the previous shelf once lived.

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The middle section of the all looks a bit wonky, but its level in person. I checked while loading these photos because I didn’t realize quite how strange the angle looked.

Styling The Laundry Closet

We specialize in hanging a ton of our clothing so we knew we needed both a hanging rack and shelves. We brought in the same tension rod that we had before because by this point we were beat and some Ikea hangers that we picked up one weekend.  We also put it two pieces of unfinished polar as shelves. We left them unfinished and unstained because we quite liked the way they looked with the hangers and the wicker baskets.

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The Reveal

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The laundry area got a few more tweaks for functionality like hooks for the stool, tap lights under the cabinets (that’s what that glow is) and something to hold brooms and mops on the other wall. As you can see in the photo above, I need to go back and correct that rogue tile around the outlet. Overall, I am happy with the project and would certainly tile again. Just not in the near future. Except for that little gap. I’ll tile that. Also, feel free to ask any question that I was way to vague on in the posts 🙂

Colorful Cold Weather Hunter Gear

I consider myself a rain gear specialist. It’s kind my thing.  I went hunting for “the one that got away” a little scalloped jacket I remembered seeing and loving but honestly I was feeling too cheap to buy another thing. #meIRL This led me down a rabbit hole of some of the cutest winter goodies I have ever seen on the Hunter Boots site. With this polar vortex, winter sales and spring a coming, I figured these colorful goodies were worth sharing. As the proud owner of a gang of Hunter boots, I can say although I own none of these things, the Hunter quality is next to none and I may add a few of these items to cart. Here are a few of my favorite things that are on sale right now. Happy shopping! 20180131151449-PROD-SS18-ORG-WRO1224WAN-BMI-1

“The one that got away” Scallop Jacket $233

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Colorblock Puffer $16820180820094339-PROD-AW18-ORG-WRO1252SAE-PIC-1

Colorblock Coat $19820180131150721-PROD-SS18-ORG-WRO1210SAY-BMI-1

Garden Jacket $19820180618151642-PROD-AW18-ORG-UBB2022MXD-MRC-1

Colorblock backpack $158

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Purple Rain Boots $80

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Penny Loafers $68

Guest Room’s Final Form

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If you’ve been following along on Instagram then you know I’ve finally finished the thorn in my side; our downstairs guest room. Our guest rooms have gone through various uses from housing younger sisters, short term roommates to finally being devoted to actual guests. As our friends begin to mature and some of them marry off, we wanted our guest room to be an adult oasis. Several people weighed in on Instagram saying they loved the first iteration of the room, especially the white Ikea bed against the navy wall, and we did too but it no longer served it’s purpose or felt like us. This one feels more like we do now- romantic, refined with just the right bit of whimsy. Anyway, all that to say, we are finally happy with our guest room and happy to share it, and what sources we can, with you. Sources are sprinkled throughout the post. Below is the “before” shot by the way. I like to think of it as “another version” of the room instead.9296b2f2-dcce-483f-87c4-febf672cfb75

And now, back to the after, what we are all here for anyway.

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Desk (Habitat for Humanity store) (similar) // blue boxes // stripe vase (old) (similar)// Thrifted desk chair (similar) // Rug // Hummingbird print // square ginger jar // Remnant leaf fabric // frames

I purchased this stunning “Hummingbird” print from Janet Hill Studios as something to add to the cart when I bought a bunch of other prints. When she arrived it was love at first sight and she became the design inspiration to pull together all the mixed portions of the room. I even toted a photo of her to the store to color match paint and fabrics in this room to match sure everything was shaped around her. The photo below is from an Instastory where I allowed a vote between the Valspar colors, “Malted Milk”, “Romance” and “Crystal Pink”. Hubby and I fell in love with Malted Milk while Insta fam fell in love with Romance. We ignored and went with our gut and feel great about it.

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Bed (vintage) // Delft chandelier (vintage craigslist)(similar) // DIY Pheasant pillows// Harry Potter Letter Pillow // Scallop duvet set // Ticking Stripe Duvet Set // Stripe throw (old) (similar)// Ottoman // Young Woman with Peonies print and frame // Tassel lights // White Sconce // Cord hide // Wall color // Wall mirror//

I wish you could have seen me in the store when I purchased these ottoman. Talk about sparks joy. Marie Kondo anyone? I pretty much had a fit  about the bug pillow fabric that I passed on, come to light in a pretty little stool with “X” legs. I threw the display in the cart and my friendly neighbor Red Shirt went to pull its twin from the back. I considered taking them back to the store but the cream mirror tied them together nicely, if I must say so myself. I won’t even lacquer the mirror a funky color like I originally planned. And speaking of bugs, I found these cutie little bee clips at Ikea and had a similar fit of joy. Nothing, and I mean nothing, seems to make me as happy as little bugs.

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I wish I could offer you guys better sources but between lucky thrift finds and things we’ve had over a decade like the cane chair. This is the best I can do. A happy happy decorating to all of you and thanks for sticking around long enough for me to finally get this post out.

 

Kate Spade Inspired Bridal Shower

ECD0E5C5-0114-43C2-8647-EACA1192D724One of my best gals in the entire world is getting married and I took point on the bridal shower as her joint matron of honor. We had the actual party in a restaurant where I took very few picture both for the privacy of the guests and because I wanted to actually enjoy the shower and not stress about shooting for the blog. So I redressed the party right at home on my deck as a “what to do for a small backyard Kate Spade inspired bridal shower”.

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I went for simple crafts that could travel well. This welcome sign, poster board layered in polka dot wrapping paper, which doubled as table runner at the actual event. I layered it on top of a scalloped pink disposable table cloth and at the end of the party, we just rolled the entire table up in a big ball and threw it away. Not good for the planet but good for timing. Here since my deck table set is pink (hubby’s idea), I just brought out the pink table runner from the house as well as these striped outdoor Serena and Lily pillows, the Kate Spade library pillow from our bed and the polka dot pillows.

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I collected these bottles of varying sizing and dressed them as centerpieces. Removed any labeling and adhesive (shout out to hubby for the tip that vinegar followed by warm soapy water dissolves adhesive) and then styled them. Since the actual party was bigger than my backyard table, I used the polka dot cups here as extra vases. I chose these Gerber daisies because they were simple, whimsical and the bride loves them. Plus you can snag them the morning of at Trader Joe’s. Couldn’t pick up anything before the day of; y’all know my thumb is black.01B38E85-B2DB-4E1B-9936-517752ED3BBA406C3E93-CFD9-48D2-B048-D700E970C35EThese little nail polishes with tags that say “Mani-thanks” were used as party favors. First of all, no one is more excited about a good pun than I am. Initially, I planned on wiping a store out of Sally Hansen’s “Pink Cadillaquer” because my bride sells Mary Kay but I couldn’t find enough of them so these neutral pinks had to do.

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The straws are either Target or Homegoods, who knows after all of the shopping around I did, but the tags are from a word template. There were two options for tags “Soon to Be Mrs B” and “Heeeeeey Mrs Parker” with a Bee on the other side since she’s queen B.

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I think most wedding games are incredibly cheesy. Who cares if the bride said I love you first or if the groom asked her out? Honestly, no one. Instead I corralled games from Pinterest that actually looked fun and would break the ice. “Find the guest” and “what’s in your phone/purse” are some of my favorites because everyone can enjoy them and they don’t  pry too much into the bride and grooms lives if they are a more private couple.

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For the actual party, I made a large ombré pink cake and placed it on this stand but none of it made its way home to me (for which I am eternally grateful). Because of that you get to see these little trifle beautifies, also a diy courtesy of my mom. You simply layer frosting/whipped cream, fruit and cake. This is funfetti cake with almond cream cheese frosting, a call back to family dinners with Brooke in our undergrad years.3DB484BB-C274-4CA2-B6A9-7EE509DE9878

Last but not least what’s a party without a selfie frame? In 2018 with millennials? Nothing, that’s what it is. So there you have it. A quick and easy Kate Spade party. Sure, I had to vacuum my deck from glitter but it was totally worth it. Hope you guys enjoyed this post and that it sparks some idea for a future something you may be throwing.

XO Prepfordwife

P.S. I may add sources for everything later on today.

Black Friday 2017 Deals

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Tassel earring // Coat // Skirt (not on the site yet but will show up here)// Tissue turtleneck // tights // Boots (old poshmark find)

I am one of those obnoxious people who shop months in advance. That thing where people say you marry your parents and become your parents is totally true. Both my mother and mother in law are usually done shopping by September and they just Dec 24th shop for traditional’s sake. (Mother in law is a New Yorker so 34th st Macy’s at midnight is an easy way to get “cheap” thrills)

Just because we over here have prepped for the Christmas-pocalyse doesn’t mean I can’t help you with Black Friday Deals. Every single thing that I’m wearing (except for this pair of tassel earrings) is 50% off right now as a part of J. Crew Factory’s Black Friday deals. And even the earrings are a fantastic deal at only $12. What a steal for a hand made (I have seen it happen for my very eyes) small shop goody. They are from The Tiny Tassel in South Carolina and would make a fabulous Christmas gift!

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My favorite things about this outfit is that it’s dressy if your family does that but also casual enough that you could toss on a cute sneaker or a riding boot and make it more relaxed if that’s what you guys do.

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Aside from the Tiny Tassel and J. Crew, here’s a list of my favs from the places I usually shop. These are mostly the biggies and I will update this in the coming days with a gift guide that includes some of my favorite small shops so you can shop small and local for #shopsmall Saturday, one of my FAVORITE shopping holidays of the year.

94AD89EC-48A6-4592-9A37-9125A9BABC88Boden: 30% off plus free shipping and returns over $49

Gap: early access 50% off entire purchase with code BLKFRIDAY

J. Crew: 40% off everything and free shipping with code THANKU

J. Crew Factory: 50% off everything starting right now with code

Kate Spade: Surprise sale 75% off and free ground shipping when you spend $100 and 30% off regular site with code GIVEJOY

Katie Kime: Site wide sale 30% off

L.L. Bean: 20% off with THANKS20 and free $10 gift card

Modcloth Website down on Black Friday

Nordstrom: Up to 40% off designer clearance

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store: Entire Store 50% Off

Pottery Barn: Black Friday deals up to 50% off and free shipping with code FREESHIP

REI: Closed on Black Friday for #optoutside

Society Social: $300 off select items with code THANKS300, $100 off select items with code THANKS100 and $75 off with THANKS75

Toryburch 30% off $250 or more with code THANKS

Vera Bradley: 50% off select patterns and styles

wallsneedlove: 40% off with code EARLYBIRD40

West Elm: Buy More save more 15% off $100 or more, 20% off $500 or more, 25% off $100 or more and 30%off $3000 or more with code SAVEMORE

 

J. Crew Factory Newish Arrivals

The first holiday roll out and J. Crew and J. Crew Factory is always my favorite. This post was not going to be a thing until I saw the  pièce de résistance; the bow coat. With at least 40% off, I know that the coat and the cream bow sweater is what is guaranteed to come home with me. Do you know how good that’s going to look up against my skin? Ugh I’m so stoked. Here are my favorite items that are currently living in my cart waiting for me to waste too many monies.

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Sweater Blazer | Merino wool turtleneck | Bow sweater (Cream/Gray) | Ruffle Front Plaid Shirt | Wool Top Coat | Bow front coat|Slim cropped printed pantWool Mini Harvest Plaid Skirt | Pleated Mini Skirt

Honorable Mentions: Plaid blanket scarf | Cape Scarf

Which pieces are your favorite piece? Anything on your mind in particular?

XO Prepfordwife

PS I may have already purchased and received that cream bow sweater.

Painting Kitchen Floor: A Saga

I wanted tile floors but I didn’t want to tile floors. Queue DIY music (or Macklemore’s Thrift Shop. Loathe as I am to give them props on anything, that song is my life all summed up).

In the interest of giving the goods up front. Here are before and afters of my kitchen.

Very Blurry Before Still Shots from A Video Before We Moved In:

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Before Painting:  Note counters already prepared with goodies to paint with

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After:

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So there’s my floors all done with my own two hands. In the interest of full fledged honesty, which I encourage round these parts, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. I use to participate in technical theater as a scenic charge in high school and painting floors was apparently my jam. Proof? Exhibit A: 100 lbs lighter and 10 years younger version of me coated in paint.

So when I decided to paint my floor, I had all the confidence that I could get it done and come out alive with less paint coating my clothing. I checked the internets and yes! It could be done and has been done, in exactly the floor I wanted no less, by the lovely Mysha of Remington Avenue. And praise be to God she posted a tutorial which I sort of followed. Here are the steps that I took. But definitely stop by her site to see the one that started it all and to avoid my lack of structure.

Our floors are of the laminate peel and stick variety and I knew down the road that I wanted to replace them with tile. I know my style is rather distinct so I try not to make too many of “those kinds” of specialized changes that won’t add value for when we decided to sell in the distant yet foreseeable future. So it only made sense to give those peel and stick tiles an affordable face lift and then keep real tile in my wayfair cart ‘less I messed up heavily.

Supplies

  • Foam Rollers -small to give more control and not be bigger than the stencil. Foam to avoid lint and shedding of fibers.
  • 220 grit sanding block
  • Microfiber cloth
  • Painters tape- feel free to get the delicate but pro tip: just stick it to your sweater a full times and pull off to soften the stickiness
  • Exacto knife
  • Mylar sheets or transparent poster board
  • Foam brushes
  • Paint
  • Polyacrylic sealant
  • Plastic shopping bags (you’ll see, promise)
  • Bucket
  • Degreaser
  • Kilz 1-2-3 Primer
  • Dry Swiffer or other mop with electrostatic cling

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  1. We have these beautiful bistro chairs that I snagged for a steal before we moved from a consignment shop (when has your fave ever?!). I knew I wanted the floor to be a close match to the color so I toted this picture into Lowe’s. As the human color match machine. I picked out the colors I thought were the closest and brought them home with me to look at them in different lighting. IMG_9573.jpg
  2. Gathered supplies. (including unpictured supplies)IMG_9575.jpg
  3. Emptied the floor of everything, dry swiffered, dry swiffered again, dry swiffered again. See a trend here. It’s really important to make sure that you get as much dust and particulate up from the start so it’s not caught in the floor. We have dogs which means that even though they have never been allowed in the kitchen, that I found dog hair in the cracks and crevices of the floor. Scrub floor with a degreaser. I used a bucket of hot water and blue Dawn dish detergent followed by a wash of clean water to make sure no soap was left behind. You could also probably use a cap full of bleach in a bucket of hot water. This step is really important because you need a good base to begin with. IMG_9577.jpg
  4. I taped off the floor with blue painter tape. Note that I got the thick tape. I’m not usually very careful with painting since old habits die hard butI knew I needed to protect the cabinets. Usually I skip this step (repeat: not careful) but I really wanted to get this right ‘less my husband blow a gasket.IMG_9579.jpg
  5. Rolled my table into the way so the dogs wouldn’t shake close to the kitchen boundary line (looking at you Sirius), tied up the curtains and primed the floor with the Kilz. We had a leftover can in our garage from previous projects and it has never let us down. While the primer dried I went and picked up paint. IMG_9829IMG_9830
  6. My favorite colors turned out to be Valspar Bleached Slate and Iron Frost which I got in Signature. I painted the floor and while waiting for it to dry I got started on a stencil. Top pictures are of iron frost while wet at night and the other photo is dry in daylight. It’s a very close matched me the chairs. IMG_9581.jpgIMG_9582.jpgIMG_9586.jpg7. I purchased sheets of transparent poster board from Michael’s. You can purchase Mylar Sheets on Amazon if you decide to make a stencil yourself or just purchase it like a regular person. I didn’t have the patience to extend this project to more days so I got to work. These tiles in my kitchen is 18 x 18. I’m lazy so to measure I just laid the transparency on the floor and traced it. IMG_9589.jpg
  7. Then I measured to find the halfway mark on the transparency both length and width and drew a line. IMG_9591.jpg
  8. I repeated the action by finding the half mark of the half mark and making a dashed line. This split my stencil into fourths so that I could turn one tile into four smaller tiles with the pattern I was making. IMG_9594.jpg
  9. I then used some of the extra sheet outside of the stencil to cut out a square the size of one of the smaller squares. From that I bent the square in half and drew a little curved and then cut that “little football”.IMG_9596.jpgIMG_9597.jpg
  10. I traced that it into the small squares and then labeled where to cut with an exacto knife. IMG_9600.jpg
  11. I laid the stencil onto a cutting board/mat and exacto-knifed the placed where I traced the football. IMG_9602.jpg
  12. Finished stencil. IMG_9603.jpg
  13. I started near my back and worked into the house. I taped the stencil down with the painters tape, made gentle by tapping it to my sweater.IMG_9604.jpg
  14. Rolled over stencil with a clean new foam brush brush. At this point I realized there was still residual dog hair in my kitchen so I snagged a swiffer cloth and began running it over the squares before I rolled over them. IMG_9605.jpg
  15. I scattered the pattern so that I could still walk around the kitchen. I made sure to do no two side by side so that the stencil wouldn’t overlap and smudge. IMG_9606.jpg
  16. After the initial squares dried, I went back in and started filling in the squares that I skipped.IMG_9608.jpgIMG_9609.jpg
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  18. I completed the vast majority of the kitchen and then doubled back to do the edges. because this happened on day two, the stencil was completely dry so I just taped it to the wall and rolled in the empty space. IMG_9648.jpg
  19. After the vast majority of the squares were completed, I went back and completed touch ups using the foam brushes. IMG_9820
  20. Once touch ups were complete, I rolled three coats of polycrylic sealant on, giving each coat 2 hours of dry time before touching/walking and 24 hours before the next coat (Coat +24 hours, coat+24hours, coat +24hours). I used polycrylic instead of polyurethane because the polyurethane will yellow over time. Make sure that you are dust free. Between coats I used the sanding bar to loosen any grit and scratch up the coat so the next coat would adhere well. I then wiped the grit with the microfiber towel so that the towel wouldn’t leave dust.  IMG_9652.jpgIMG_9653.jpgIMG_9658.jpg
  21. After the coat dried, I carefully removed all of the tape using the exacto knife to make sure it didn’t pull up any of the sealant. IMG_9772.jpg
  22. Once the floor was complete and had 72 hours to dry, I put in this art deco gold vent cover for only $5. #winningIMG_9773.jpgDSC_0979

 

So tada that’s that. Well sorta. I need to pull out the appliances and paint underneath but I’m giving the floor a second to rest a bit more and cure before I put them out. So that’s it. I tend to freestyle when I paint (and when I live, honestly). I always describe myself as a “measure half a time, cut three times” kind of girl which means I plan in my head and then fling headlong into a project. So something here may not be clear. Gotta question? Let me know.