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Oct 13, 2019

Global Chic Guest Bathroom - ORC Week 2

It’s WEEK 2 of the One Room Challenge and I have spent lots of time tweaking my Design Plan and shopping til’ I drop! Last week I went from one store to another store so that I didn’t have to purchase too many things online. I visited Target, Home Depot, HomeGoods, TJMaxx, Marshalls, Lowe’s, Menards, Walmart, etc. to try and find items that are available in-stock. You might think this is a little strange but I don’t care for shopping online. I prefer to actually touch and examine the quality of a product up close in person at the store. I don’t like waiting for shipping or the additional cost of shipping and I definitely don’t want to have to figure out how to return it if it is damaged or I just change my mind. Plus in my opinion, shopping is very enjoyable and I get excited when I find exactly what I’m looking for! As it turns out, I got pretty lucky because so far I only have to order the floor paint and hardware. Here are some of the items I found on my shopping trips...




[ IMAGES: Target.com, Lowes.com, TheHomeDepot.com and Pinterest ]

[ IMAGES: Scott Living Wallpaper @ Lowes Home Improvement ]

FEATURE WALL...

If you watched my insta stories on INSTAGRAM ( @thecreativeorchard ) the other day, you know that I found this gorgeous faux grasscloth peel n' stick wallpaper by SCOTT LIVING @ Lowes. It is exactly what I had in mind for my feature accent wall to make my neutral artwork POP! The weight of the paper is heavy and thick so I think it will install really easily, especially since this is my first time putting up wallpaper of any kind. Not to mention there is no pattern to line up! Yay! You can actually feel the bumpy texture and there are multiple warm brick, peach and coral colors scattered throughout that add lots of depth and interest. So glad I found this! It was a very happy shopping accident. Look out for more SNEAK PEEK videos and pics on INSTAGRAM! (@thecreativeorchard

[ Behr Paint @ The Home Depot ]

WORK IN PROGRESS...

Since most of my shopping is already done except two online items, this week I am finally going to start physically working on the GUEST BATHROOM. The kids are off school on Monday so most of my work will get done while they are at school the other four days this week. I will be installing the white ceramic penny tile above the existing shower as an additional splash guard. On INSTAGRAM I posted a poll to see how many viewers would choose WHITE or GRAY grout and 70% VOTED for GRAY so that's what I'm going to use. THANKS to all of you who VOTED! It's always fun to have other peoples input. The GRAY grout color will match the GRAY floor paint and should go good together. The current cabinets are staying so they will get painted with the same Behr Alkyd Enamel Paint from The Home Depot which I also used on my kitchen cabinets during the previous ORC/Spring 2019 but this time the color is called "VINTAGE CORAL" found in the Behr Marquee PAINT SWATCH section. I am relieved to report that the cabinetry paint has held up really well with no chipping, staining or scratches and washes very nicely. So I can officially RECOMMEND the Behr Alkyd Paint! If the weather stays nice, I plan on using flat black Rustoleum spray paint on a couple items such as the rusty metal vent cover and a metal garden stool I already owned. There needs to be more matte black objects to tie in with the black framed mirror and black accents on the light fixture. Most of the other metal surfaces in the room are chrome so that's why I specifically chose a vanity lighting that included both matte black and chrome finishes to have a little bit of a mix. Sometime during the weekend, hopefully my hubby will get more involved and we can cut holes out of the wood countertop for the sinks and faucets. I guess it's time to get my butt in gear! Wish me luck!


PRODUCT SOURCES:

CABINETS: Behr Alkyd Enamel Paint - “Vintage Coral” @ Home Depot 
LIGHTING: Patriot Lighting - “Randle” Polished Chrome 3-Light Vanity Light @ Menards
ART: Medallion Canvas @ HomeGoods
TOWELS: Opalhouse Coral Towels @ Target, Elephant Towels @ Marshalls
DECORATIVE DECOR: @ HomeGoods, TJMaxx & Marshalls
MIRRORS: Project 62 Round Mirrors @ Target 
COUNTERTOP: Butcherblock Counter @ Home Depot
FLOOR: Rustoleum Rock Solid Home Paint & Sealant @ thehomedepot.com
RUGS: Opalhouse Bath Mat & Accent Rug @ Target
WALLPAPER: Scott Living - “Spice” Peel n' Stick Wallpaper @ Lowe’s
CURTAINS: Opalhouse Shower Curtain & Tassel Curtain @ Target
SHOWER: Round Ceramic Penny Tile @ Home Depot 
HARDWARE: Chrome Knobs @ lowes.com
ACCESSORIES: Chrome “Dorset” Towel Bar, Hook, Towel Ring @ Home Depot
FAUCETS: Chrome “Dorset” Widespread Faucet @ Home Depot 
SINKS: "Anna" Farmhouse Sink @ Lowes
PLANTERS: Concrete Pots @ Walmart, HomeGoods & TJMaxx
PLANT HANGERS: Opalhouse Macrame Plant Hanger @ Target
TABLE: Black Garden Stool @ Home Depot
WOOD: Cedar & Pine Wood Boards @ Home Depot
BASKETS: Opalhouse Elephant Basket @ Target, Small Seagrass Basket @ HomeGoods



Event Host:
One Room Challenge | ORC | @oneroomchallenge | #oneroomchallenge

Official Media Partner: 
Better Homes and Gardens | BHG | @betterhomesandgardens | #bhgorc

To learn more information about the ORC or to check out the progress of the other Guest Participants and Featured Designers room transformations, visit oneroomchallenge.com! You can also follow the ORC on Instagram @oneroomchallenge #oneroomchallenge or @betterhomesandgardens #bhgorc


Oct 3, 2019

Global Chic Guest Bathroom - ORC Week 1

Can you believe that this is actually the third time I have been a Guest Participant in the One Room Challenge ? You would think I would be an expert at doing this by now but I’m not. Every time I work on a big project in my house, I learn way more than before because each room design is so different and I keep trying to challenge my skills by choosing DIY projects that I haven’t tried in the past. If you haven’t figured it out by now, I really enjoy participating in the ORC because it makes me feel motivated and connected to the other Featured Designers/Guest Participants. It’s as if we’re all in this together and have the same goal of completely finishing a room in our home. I am constantly decorating and doing small projects here and there but when I’m not joining this Design Challenge, I usually don’t feel like a room is done, it seems like everything is a never ending work in progress which then leaves me feeling very unsatisfied and frustrated. When I walk into the two rooms I did previously for the ORC, I feel very proud, happy, content and fulfilled about what I had accomplished. So let’s get ready to do this again! During the next 6 weeks I am super excited to be giving my boring “builder grade” GUEST BATHROOM a makeover!

To learn more information about the ORC, to register as a Guest Participant, or to check out the other participants/designers room transformations, visit oneroomchallenge.com . You can also follow the ORC on Instagram @oneroomchallenge #oneroomchallenge #bhgorc.


For the last 13 years, the only thing I have done to this room is paint the walls once and switched out the shower curtain many times. That’s pretty sad for a designer! I’m starting to feel bad for my kids and guests who have to use a bathroom that is just soooooo boring and blah especially since I’ve worked so hard making most of the other rooms so pretty. This room started out with tan walls, cream countertops, white toilet, gigantic wall mirror, cheap leaky faucets, ugly lighting, cinnamon maple wood cabinets and beige ceramic tile. The leftover beige ceramic tile was also used around my fireplace, yuck! The only thing I like about this bathroom is the large room size and bright skylight. For some reason the builder made the guest bathroom way larger than the master bathroom which has secretly annoyed me for years. Here is the “BEFORE” picture of the guest BATHROOM...











Now let’s get to the fun part, the DESIGN PLAN! Lately I have been very INSPIRED by the places I travel to on family vacations such as Puerto Rico, Mexico, Grand Caymans, Dominican Republic, Jamaica, Bahamas, etc. I love all the vibrant paint colors, intricate textiles, rustic woods, luscious greenery and exotic wildlife. So I’m calling the style inspiration for this space, Global Chic with Bohemian touches of course! Below is my INSPIRATION BOARD so you can start to visualize what I have in mind...

INSPIRATION BOARD:


DESIGN PLAN:

WALLS - Light Gray Paint (touching up existing paint) and maybe a Wallpaper Accent Wall
FLOORS - Gray Paint with White Patterned Stencils
CEILING - Wood Beams inside Skylight with Hand-painted Greenery
SHOWER - Bohemian Shower Curtain(s) and White Ceramic Backsplash Tile above Shower Walls
VANITY - Coral Painted Cabinets, Wood Countertop, Ceramic Vessel Sinks, Chrome or Matte Black Faucets, Chrome Knobs, Round Mirrors
LIGHTING - Modern Chrome and Matte Black Vanity Light
HARDWARE - Chrome Towel Rods, Chrome Shower Rod
DECOR - Macrame Planters, Elephant Basket, Elephant Figurine, Coral Textiles
DIY PROJECTS - Wood Ladder Shelf, Paint Artwork, Wood Beams and maybe Succulent Planter


Guest Participant for:
One Room Challenge | ORC | @oneroomchallenge | #oneroomchallenge

Better Homes and Gardens (Official Media Partner) | BHG | @betterhomesandgardens | #bhgorc


To get weekly SNEAK PEEK pics and videos, visit @thecreativeorchard on Instagram! View next weeks post to see the beginning of this makeover!



May 12, 2019

Modern Kitchen Renovation REVEAL - ORC Week 6

Oh my goodness! Six weeks has flown by so fast and now it’s time for the One Room Challenge FINAL REVEAL of my “Modern Kitchen Renovation”!!! This project started pretty smoothly, everything was either ahead of schedule or right on time until about the last two weeks. I had to unexpectedly repaint the lower cabinets again to a slightly different blue, we had a temporary minor water leak due to our plumbing inexperience, then the tile backsplash took us way longer to install because we are just way too picky. So because we ran out of time, there were a few things on my wishlist that didn’t make the cut and will probably get added later on after I take a little break. When I get some of my energy back I still need to hire an electrician to install my chrome pendant lights I’ve had for 3 years, find the under cabinet lights I have in storage and either build a shelf under the front of the kitchen island and/or a wood accent feature. But at the moment, I can finally rest and enjoy the view of my new kitchen! Which after 13 years, it’s kinda strange to leave the house then come back home and be wowed all over again by your own KITCHEN.

There are hundreds of other DESIGNERS and GUEST PARTICIPANTS like me who have also finished their room transformations, please show some support by visiting them at www.theoneroomchallenge.com. BIG THANKS to the One Room Challenge and Better Homes and Gardens for continuing to have this awesome event!!! If it wasn’t for the ORC, I probably wouldn’t have the motivation to take on such large DIY projects and be able to have completed rooms.






Kitchen BEFORE...

Kitchen AFTER...




Kitchen DECORATING...

My intention was to create a clean modern kitchen that I could add a lot of COLORFUL personality to. I almost always start off with a neutral room then afterwards throw in bold pops of COLOR in the decorative accents, artwork or textiles. My family has visited Mexico many times throughout the years and I was definitely inspired by ambiance there so I tried to incorporate a Modern Spanish Style when it came to picking out the home decor. I decorated it with colorful pottery, bright dishes/glassware, ornate rug, eclectic printed towels/napkins/placemats, lush cactus plants, fresh fruits, and natural baskets that reminded me of the markets. It looks exactly like I had imagined! I can’t wait to get cookin’ in my NEW KITCHEN and proudly show it off to family and friends!
















PRODUCT SOURCES:
Behr Alkid Paint “English Channel” Blue @ Home Depot
LG Appliances @ Home Depot
Dekton “Fossil” Countertops @ Home Depot
Kohler Sink and Faucet @ Home Depot
Marble Hexagon Backsplash Tile @ Home Depot
Blue Ceramic Lanterns/Pottery @ Home Depot
Glassware/Under Cabinet Glass Rack @ Pier1
Opalhouse Rug, Stools, Cacti Jar/Shakers, Arched Basket, Tall Cactus, Threshold Silverware, Cookware, Pot Holders, Glass Planters @ Target
Seagrass Baskets with Lids, Cake Stand, Wood Tray, Cutting Boards, Tea Pot, Marble Cheese Boards, Seagrass Placemat, Paper Towel Holder, Cactus Soap Dispenser, Cabinet Towel Rack @ HomeGoods
Fiesta Dishes/Knives, Food Network Placemats/Towels/Napkins @ Kohls
Weight Scale, Small Cactus, Succulents @ Michaels Stores
Marble Bar Height Table @ World Market

THANK YOU!

THANKS to everyone who shared their support during this ORC kitchen project, it’s greatly appreciated!

Special THANKS to my hubby Charles who helped a bunch along the way and also kept me positive!

Of course last minute, ZOEY, our maltipoo puppy just had to stop by to say GOODBYE! She had her 1st Birthday last week. She stood by my side during this entire project. xoxo

Follow along on Instagram @thecreativeorchard to see more pics and videos of my KITCHEN that I will be sharing later this week.





The Creative Orchard’s ORC KITCHEN RENOVATION progress...


May 5, 2019

Modern Kitchen Renovation - ORC Week 5

This is it. The 5th week of the One Room Challenge. There is only one week left until the final REVEAL! It is crunch time to get every single project done. I can’t remember if I have ever felt this stressed, exhausted, nervous and excited all the same time. But after this KITCHEN RENOVATION,  every DIY project I choose to do in the future should feel easy-peasy! Don’t forget there are many more ORC participants and designers out there working on their rooms too, so check those out at www.oneroomchallenge.com

The Creative Orchard’s ORC KITCHEN RENOVATION progress...

ORC Week 1 | ORC Week 2 | ORC Week 3 | ORC Week 4 | ORC Week 5 | ORC Week 6 - REVEAL

Update About Last Week...

Last week I shared my upper cabinet painting progress. I also mentioned that I had plans to repaint the lower cabinets again. And I’m happy to report all the cabinet painting is complete and I’m very satisfied with the outcome this time around. Instead of the BehrTidal” blue color, I quickly switched it out to a navy blue called “English Channel” which is also by Behr at the Home Depot. It looks much more muted and goes perfectly with the other blue tones throughout my home.




What Happened This Week...

Besides painting, my husband and I also began installing the mosaic tile backsplash. Definitely one of the most nerve racking projects that I have chosen to take on. Even though I did tons of research, attended a tile workshop at the Home Depot, watched videos online, etc., for some reason I was still extremely anxious to just get started. But once I accomplished a few sections, I caught on to the whole process pretty quickly. It’s very important to take your time and work on small areas. Keep in mind that sometimes trial and error is the best way to embrace the hands on learning experience.



FACTS/TIPS About INSTALLING Backsplash Tile...

  1. Porcelain is easier to cut than natural stone
  2. Square/Rectangle shaped tile is much easier to cut in a straight line rather than hexagon/circular shaped tile 
  3. You can not cut natural stone tile using the scoring and snapping method 
  4. Tile setting mats can not be used with small mosaic tile or heavy natural stone 
  5. Make sure the mortar does not exceed past the tile’s surface 
  6. If too much mortar is applied, remove enough in between to accommodate the grout, especially if they are two different colors 
  7. Purchasing pre-mixed mortar and/or grout saves time and makes process easier 
  8. Buy more tile than needed, extra may be necessary in case of emergency 
  9. Double check all sheets of natural stone tile inside their boxes to make sure they look the same. Natural stone tile patterns and colors may vary drastically 
  10. Invest in a good quality wet saw, especially when cutting natural stone 
  11. Take the extra time to let tile sheets dry completely after cutting with a wet saw, otherwise the mortar may get too damp and cause tile to fall



Furniture Assembly...

For the countertop bar stools, I chose ones from Target.com that match with my existing dining chairs which are mid century modern Eiffel Tower replicas. I like the white plastic seats because they’re washable and kid friendly. I didn’t want to extend my previous kitchen island because I thought that would be too much of the dark gray counters so to break it up, I’m going to place a counter height white marble top table from WorldMarket.com in front of it. The detached table will be much more functional for my family’s needs because it can be transported around other areas of our home and accommodate two more stools which gives us the option to seat 4 people.







What's Happening Next...

During the next few days, we will be finishing the backsplash tile, touching up any paint, cleaning/repairing hardwood floors, organizing cabinet contents, shopping for last minute accessories and finally decorating. I’m looking forward to seeing the KITCHEN RENOVATION finished and how it all comes together along with the living room and dining room. Since I have a very open floor plan, that means all three rooms need to have the same color scheme and design style.












Guest Participant for:
One Room Challenge | ORC | @oneroomchallenge | #oneroomchallenge


Official Media Partner of ORC:
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I am almost done tiling and I only have one wall left to finish then I get to start on the fun part which is decorating!!! Watch my insta stories this week for a sneak peek tour of my kitchen... @thecreativeorchard  Everyone who is participating in the One Room Challenge will be revealing their final room transformations at the end of this week so stop by www.oneroomchallenge.com to see them all!





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