Trash to Treasure Tuesday–Baby Bathroom Steps

Hi y’all. I have finally painted my powder room.

As part of my quest to lighten up and neutralize our decor, I wanted to change the walls from “Cherry Cobbler” red, to “China Doll” cream.

And now, for a reluctant admission: Primer is my friend. I have always known in my head that priming is the “RIGHT THING TO DO”, but, you see…

There is NO instant gratification in a can of primer. Even after two coats it looks awful.

Instant gratification is ALWAYS my goal, so in the past I’ve usually skipped the priming step.


Two coats of primer and two coats of China Doll, and these walls are beautifully cream colored, with no hint of cherry cobbler in sight.

I know that you all won’t laugh at me for looooving “off-white.” My husband laughed, but this is a man that can’t tell the difference betweeen “China Doll” and “Sundew”. Geeez. EVERYONE knows that Sundew is a more yellow off-white, and China Doll is a browner off-white. Right?

I’m still working on accessories, but I’m planning on using the black and cream combo, with some beachy accents. Like this framed shell.

And these shells. Stay tuned, there’s a painted shelf for this bathroom drying in my garage right now! And I’ve got an idea for those boring white switchplates…

How much have I spent so far? Nothing. I already had the primer and paint leftover from other projects. Cool.

Link up those Trash to Treasure Projects everyone! Please please please remember to add a link to REINVENTED in your posts so that everyone can party!

Have you checked out the Totally Terrific Tassel Giveaway below? Check it out!

I’m linking up too, to Kimba’s DIY Party, and to Jen’s Before and After bash!


Good morning everyone, and Happy Monday!  How was your weekend?  I had a fabulous time in Nashville at the Origami Owl Training event/girls weekend.  Until yesterday, when I was stranded in Chicago at O’Hare for 11 hours and didn’t get home until midnight.  Ugh.

It’s a new week!  Today I’m sharing a project that was posted on A Little Knick Knack during our blog swap two Friday’s ago, just in case you missed it.  And I’m really tired (see above).

This project was born out of necessity.  Aren’t those the best kind?  Necessity turned cute.  Yeah.

We have a pretty average size kitchen, and an above average size family.  Space is sometimes at a premium, so I wanted to add some stools to our island counter for some more eating space.

I didn’t want anything big and space sucking, do ya know what I mean?  For us,  this meant simple stools with no backs to “break up the sight lines.”  (Ha, I laugh at myself when I use words I hear on HGTV)

So, you’ve seen stools like this at discount stores, right?  This one’s from Target.  They cost around $20-30 dollars.  In the interest of full disclosure, I gotta tell you that I didn’t actually buy mine, they were given to us.  And ours are cuter than this, but I forgot to take a before picture, so I had to find a similar option.  K? K.

So I coated them with spray primer and then some Rustoleum Colonial Red.

I ordered some vinyl from The House of Smith’s and added it to the seats, sealed with some poly for protection.

I guess I forgot to take a close up of No. 2.  But you get the idea.

Here they are all lined up and adding some farmhouse cute to our kitchen.

Have a great day!

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