Spring break!

Work has been really busy lately and there’s just been no time for crafting of any sort. Thankfully, I get a break starting tomorrow — spring break, in fact! One of the best perks of working at a university is that we get a spring break just like the students. We usually get two days off, but this year we have Monday through Wednesday off work! Wahooooo! I am also taking Thursday AND Friday off 🙂

I can’t wait to get started on a few projects that I’ve been dying to get my hands on.

My goals for spring break:

  • Paint the cabinets in our laundry room & replace the countertop
  • Create a side table for my craft room to replace an old dresser that is falling apart
  • Possibly hang new doors in our office closet
  • Buy new front and car port doors — also paint our current doors a test color to see if I like it for our new front door
  • Finish a sewing stool project I started in January
  • Build an ottoman for our living room (this probably won’t happen because I am super picky about fabric and can’t decide what I want)
  • Fix jewelry for people… I realllly need to get to this.
  • Take a bunch of crapola to the dump

Totally doable list with a whole week off work, right?

OK, it does seem a bit ambitious. If I get half of it done, I’ll be super pleased.

Hope your weeks are going well! Happy Friday & happy weekend!!

Craft Projects, Home Improvement

A year in review

Happy New Year, all!

I disappeared there for a bit and took a much-needed vacation from any and all forms of work for the Christmas holiday. It was a blast. I visited with my family and just had an amazing holiday break. Luckily my break isn’t quite over yet — the hubby and I don’t go back to work until Jan. 7! Sweet! But it’s time to get back to blogging, and I’ve got lots of neat things to share.

First, I thought it would be fun to take a look back at 2012 for A Smith of All Trades. My 1-year blogging anniversary is Jan. 16, so I’ve almost been blogging for a whole year now. It’s been a really rewarding experience and I’ve done some really cool projects in 2012. Here are some of my favorites:

Canvas Art: This was one of my most popular posts from the year and is a really simple way to to make decor for any room in your house. All you need is fun fabric, a few canvases and a staple gun. It’s that easy!

DIY Device-Charging Station: I was always super pumped about this project. In a few hours I turned a cheap-o tray from a thrift store into a totally sweet place to charge all of my devices.

Device Charging Station CGOur home improvement projects were definitely some of the highlights of my 2012, particularly our family room and our bathroom makeovers.

We started our family room almost immediately after moving into our house. Remember this beauty of a room?

Before fireplace

Ohhh yeah, it was something else. Welp, after a few weeks we turned that monstrosity into our favorite room in the house.

We seriously live in this room, so it was awesome to get to redo the whole thing before we settled down too much in our house.

And then there was the bathroom attached to the family room. The fixtures, vanity and toilet were way outdated and gnarly, but otherwise the bathroom was in good shape. I painted it and the hubby and my step dad installed a new toilet and vanity. Now it is the prettiest bathroom in the whole house.

Last, but certainly not least, are my pallet projects. I think these are some of my favorite. My bar sign was a huge hit with the hubby and my ottoman is basically the best thing ever. I use it all of the time.

And here’s the ottoman…

OK, that’s it! That’s my year in review. There are a bajillion more things on the blog, so go forth and read your hearts out 🙂

Happy New Year, and a new craft project tomorrow!

Home Improvement

Family Room Bathroom Renovation Reveal

Our bathroom is finally finished! I say “finally” like it took ages, but it really only took us about a week to do — not too bad!

I decided to tear down our bathroom about a month ago when I just couldn’t take it anymore. The rest of our house looks pretty nice, but the bathroom was just yucky. Not to mention it was especially gross compared to our beautiful new family room. So I tore down the ugly brass fixtures and the old mirror.

Then my step dad came over to help us remove the vanity and the toilet since we had no experience with plumbing at all.

Afterwards, the hubby and I went shopping for a new vanity, toilet and light fixture. After shopping around, we found what we wanted for a decent price and scooped them up. Then I got to painting.

I stayed up until 1 a.m. painting our bathroom a light purple, Behr’s Silent Ripple to be exact.

Then the boys got to installing our new stuff! So exciting.

Doesn’t he look so hot with his headlamp on?

It felt so great to have our new stuff installed, but the bathroom still wasn’t complete. I needed a vanity mirror, but the hubby didn’t want to buy one. We also needed a new towel bar and shower curtain. I got those at Wal-Mart.

For the mirror, I had two options: First, I could redo a mirror my best friend gave me for Christmas. It was big and bulky and kinda ugly, but it could work. Or, I could use the builder-grade mirror that we took out of our master bathroom when we installed our medicine cabinet.

I figured to give the bulky mirror a try before resorting to an ugly, frameless mirror. So I taped it and took it out back to spray paint it with primer. I broke the top part off so it would actually fit in between the vanity and the light fixture. Then I taped off the mirror and sprayed with Krylon Primer. I barely beat the thunder storm before pulling the mirror inside to paint it white.

Three coats of white paint later…

I loved it! Bye-bye, builder-grade mirror!

All of the pieces were ready to go, so I installed the towel bars, hung up my new shower curtain, popped some curtains into the window, hung some artwork and placed our new mirror. I’m in love.

And for the final reveal… **drum roll, please**

Now if that’s not a cute bathroom, I don’t know what is! I love the dark espresso of the vanity against the light purple walls. I love that the curve of the white mirror meets up perfectly with the faucet. I love the bright white accents and the subtle bird theme in the bathroom. Love. I love love love it. It is SO much better than before!