The New Towel Rack in the Tiny Bathroom

Last week, I worked on cleaning the teeny tiny bathroom upstairs after finding mold in there.  We’ll have to be extra vigilant to make sure that the mold doesn’t keep growing.  I haven’t done decorating in that room for at least 10 years so it’s about time that it gets a little update – even if it’s something as simple as a towel rack!towel rackI went to World Market yesterday and bought a new towel rack.  It has a lot of hooks so the towels can dry out completely after each use.  There’s a perfect place in the tiny bathroom to hang it and I can’t wait to see it on the wall.

towel rack with hooks

The wall on the left will be the perfect place for the new towel rack

The Yellow Bath Mat to go with the Towel Rack

I also bought a new yellow bath mat but I’m not sure if we’re going to use it yet.  When the shower door is open, water drips down onto the floor. The mat is pretty thick and it needs to be able to fully dry between showers. I think that’s why the last one molded extremely fast.  Maybe I can find a towel bar or something that we could hang it on between showers.

yellow bath mat

I love the yellow bath mat!

I got a great deal on these two things.  The towel rack was $25.00 and the bath mat was originally $15.00.  The towel rack was 20% off.  The bathmat was 40% off.  Knowing that World Market sends me practically five emails a day, I knew there must be a coupon that I could use.  It’s kind of annoying how many they send out every day but there’s always one I can use when I’m there.  The one that was active was for $10.00 off of a $30.00 purchase.  If I hadn’t grabbed the bath mat, I wouldn’t have been over $30.00.  I ended up getting both things for $19.95.  I think I got a great deal because I love both of them!

It’s nice to add new things to the freshly cleared out rooms!


I Shouldn’t Have Touched the Front Porch

I knew I shouldn’t have tried to work on the front porch tonight.  My plan of working on it Saturday night hadn’t worked out so I should have left it for next weekend.  Instead, I decided to go ahead and start on it.  I only got a little bit done and now my entire living room is full of porch clutter.

Here’s what the porch looks like now.  The first picture is after I moved everything into my living room.  The second picture is the before pic.  It’s hard to tell that it’s the same corner but you can tell that it is if you look at the red bridle bag hanging by the window.  And yes, those saddles were under all that stuff.  You can see the horn on the western saddle sticking out a little bit. The porch is stacked almost 4 feet high with everything under the sun like that sledding tube, a hose, a cereal holder and lots more.

I think these are some of the most embarrassing pictures that I’ve posted so far. You can really see the hoarding in these pictures.  It’s just piles of STUFF.  Why is there never any organization?  It’s going to take a few more months before this porch really gets cleared out but the more that I get rid of, the easier it gets.

Here’s a few pics of the other corner on that side of the front porch.  You can see the glider chair now!!  There’s still a lot of things on it but at least you can see it.  Before it was completely buried.  If there were shelves or a cabinet or something like that in there, things could finally get organized.

The stuff on the chair is all ready to be gotten rid of. I just can’t get myself to take it to St. Vinny’s or Goodwill.  There’s a lot of brand new stuff in there.  Selling it is a huge hassle too so I think I want to go with the free table method of giving it away.  Unfortunately, it’ll have to wait until the weekend.  It will just have to stay piled up until then.

This is only one side of the front porch and there’s still a lot of stuff that I haven’t cleaned up yet.  The other side is stacked at least 3 or 4 feet high too.  I’ll do a little bit everyday.  I can’t wait to see the end result.  I’m hoping to make some nice improvements by Sunday.

Update:  It’s been a few months and the front porch is still a disaster.  I still haven’t found a way to organize anything and it’s still the catch all place for everything that comes in or out of the house.

Before Pics of the Entry Way

I’m very excited to finally be posting the before pics of my entry way!  It always amazes me how much we don’t really see when we look at something every day.

It was a functional area for the most part so I didn’t really think much of it.  There were hooks for coats and purses.  They were like 18 years old and out of style but they still held coats and purses perfectly fine.  There were small cubbies for shoes.  A few pairs fit in there but most of the shoes didn’t fit inside and spilled out all over the floor.  This drove me crazy and was the main reason for the transformation.

Next to the shoes there was a bench.  I used to have an Amish one that I loved.  It held lots of hats and gloves but the twins scribbled all over it when they were little and eventually the seat broke.  I replaced it with a cheaper version about a year ago and that one never really worked out.  It didn’t hold many hats and gloves and the seat sagged when you sat on it.  It frustrated me more than anything so I gave it to a friend.

In some of the pictures, you’ll be able to see the carpet that I finally replaced.  Embarrassing!  Why in the world didn’t I replace it 15 years ago?  It’s horrible.

Well, here are the before pics!

before front door1

You can see one of the old hooks in this picture.  They are a nice gold color.  This is the newer bench.  We’re always burying it!


You can see the small shoe cubbies in this pic and the old bench.  As you can see, there’s only half of a seat on the bench. It held a lot though!


This is what the area looked like when it was cleaned up.  Most of the time, there was a lot more stuff that managed to collect in this corner.  Beautiful carpet, right?

After Pics of the Entry Way.. It’s done!

It’s finally done!  (for the most part anyways!)  I love it.  I think it looks great.  I thought it was going to be a little bit too dark but now that I’ve hung a few coats on it, I actually like the dark color because the coats kind of blend in and you don’t see them as much.

The shoe cubbies are much bigger.  We  haven’t put any shoes in there yet because I like looking at the wood but we’ll probably start putting them in there tonight.  Since they’re so big, I’m a little worried that you’re going to be able to see everything in the cubbies and I hope it doesn’t look too messy!

The area where the bench should have been ended up not being a bench.  I’m not really sure why not.  I’m not sure if it was a miscommunication or a miscalculation but it’s okay.  I put backpacks in there and it works kind of nice for that.  Backpacks and boots are the two things that needed a place in this room so I feel like one problem is solved now!

I put a basket up on top of the shoe cubbies to hold all the hats and gloves.  It’s a wicker basket and I think it looks great.  It would have been nice if it had been about an inch or two longer but it fits okay.  Also, on the side of the shoe cubbies, I think I’m going to add a smaller hook or two for purses.  Then they won’t be behind all the coats when you’re looking for them.  I might add one final thing to the coat rack part but I want it to be just right.  If I find what I’m looking for, I’ll let you know!

Here’s the pics!!  I hope you like it!

after front door2

Yay! It’s finally done!

after front door5

Here’s a close up of the wicker basket.  It could have been just a little bigger.

after front door6

We staggered the hooks a little bit so it’s easier to hang things on the two rows.

after front door7

This was supposed to be a bench but it ended up being something else.  It works for backpacks for now but might get changed in the future. 

after front door3

I put the before pics in this other post but in case you didn’t see them, here’s one so you can compare.




Started Working on the Entry Way

buying wood to make a closet

The Different Woods

I finally started working on my entry way today!  I went to Menards for all the supplies.  The first thing I looked for was the wood.  They had different levels of quality – standard, quality, and then one more but I can’t think of what that one was called.  I bought the quality grade.  There was a huge price difference to the top wood.

I wasn’t really planning on having to choose between different quality boards.  Different types of wood makes sense but different quality?  I thought a tree was a tree.  Prepare yourself ahead of time to make this decision!

The Wood Stain

wood stain

Next I headed over to the wood stains.  I really didn’t know what I was doing with stain so thankfully, there was a really nice man named Tom there who helped me out tremendously.  I would have bought a brush to put it on but he told me that I’m supposed to use a rag to wipe it on.  I’m so glad he told me that.  The cheese cloth that he told me to buy was much cheaper anyways!  He also told me that I should put a polyurethane coat on so I bought that in a clear satin finish.

staining wood

I stained a little piece of wood to see how it would look with the floor.  It’s a little darker than the floor color but I think it’s pretty and I think it will look okay.

The Hooks

coat hooks

The last thing that I bought were the coat hooks.  I bought six of them so there won’t be a shortage of places for anyone to hang their coats.  They look black in the picture but they are actually a bronze color.  At the bottom of the coat rack part, there will be a box bench so that we can put either boots or backpacks in it and then close it to sit on while we put our shoes on.  There will also be shelves on the right of the coat part for shoes or other miscellaneous items for each family member.  Above that, I’m planning on putting a basket there for all the hats and gloves.

It’s going to be a few weeks before it’s all done. I’m really excited and can’t wait until I can post before and after pictures! I hope it’s done before Christmas!