$100 Room Challenge- Week 3

[In case you haven’t read my other posts, this challenge was created by Erin, click her name to go to her blog, and I am joined by loads of other bloggers all redoing a room in their home for under $100, link for those sites are at the bottom of this post.]

Hey y’all!

So, we’re in the last week of the challenge before the reveal and I am struggling. Let’s just be honest, with everything moving so fast, it’s so easy to get behind, and I did. Today, I’m painting the bathroom. Check [here] for the post with all the before photos.

I’m really in love with the color the bathroom will be, I just despise painting. And another #realitycheck- I’m just plain ole not good at it. I get the stuff EVER-Y-WHERE! Usually I’m a pro at tedious things, but painting is not one of them.

I’m really hoping that the stencil I go is in the mailbox when I go out to church tonight. I don’t even want to see what it looks like if I have to freehand the flowers. If you check the my first post for this challenge, I say I want to put up some flower wallpaper, and that is still a great idea, #goals! Buuuutttt it’s a lot too expense for this, I’ll be wayyy over budget.

So you’re getting some bathroom ripped apart photos- such as these:

 

Anyone have a tip for getting in between the vanity and the wall? the paintbrush won’t even fit.

and some of my favorite products- like SPACKLE!

Do y’all love to spackle? Have you seen those ‘so satisfying’ videos, it sounds dirty, but I promise I wouldn’t be watching if they were- they’re things like people playing with sand and play dough and slicing through soft stuff. Well, puttying is kind of like that to me. It’s relaxing but oh so satisfying.

Who needs a workbench? Just use a vanity!

Sorry there’s not more juicy things to show you, but I don’t want to give away the stencil magic that’s about to happen. Check back next week for the full reveal, I’m excited to show you the end. All I have left to purchase is a shower curtain and rod and maybe a rug.

 

Total spent so far: $61.93

Sherwin Williams River Rouge Paint: $25.00

Stencil $16.95

Silver/Pink/White/Green Paint- already had $0

Hobby Lobby Shelves- $21.99 + $17.00= 39.98 discounted 50%= 19.98 for BOTH!

 

 

All I have left to do is buy a new shower curtain, maybe a new rod, and a new rug I think. I’m excited to show you the final product next week.

Thanks for stopping by!

Check out these other great redo’s!


One Room Challenge- Week Two!

Hey again! Another week, another part of the challenge.

Last week I posted about what room I’m doing and my plans [here].

This whole challenge was started by Erin over on her blog- Lemons, Lavender and Laundry [here]. Annndddd I’m happy to announce that she was selected by the Rachael Ray show to promote this challenge on live tv!

So, I can say I’m part of this challenge ‘as seen on the Rachael Ray show’.

If you want even more inspiration, and I would highly suggest it, keep reading- there’s tons more links to other bloggers doing this same challenge at the bottom.

Okay, so on to my part- my original plan was to wallpaper the wall between the shower and the door, but I didn’t realize how pricey wallpaper was when I made that plan! Wow! If I wasn’t trying to stick to $100 for this challenge I would just suck it up and pay because that wallpaper is awesome, but that’s not the name of this game. So, now I’m looking more towards a) floral decals, b) learning to paint a floral mural or c) a roller with a floral print on it. Anyone have an suggestions?

I found this stencil that could work:

The next big question is, should I paint the vanity? I really don’t want to paint it white, but I’m afraid the tone of the wood is too much with the reddish-brown color I’m painting in there.

Remember: the wall color will be like the background on this photo…

So far, I’ve pretty much just puttied holes and bought paint, and those shelves. I’ve had a busy week of canning garden veggies and getting caught up after vacation.

Watch my Instagram stories for updates! And come back next week to see what has changed!


$100 Room Challenge- Week 1

Hey hey hey!

How are y’all? Can you believe summer is over? I can’t.

Summer is my favorite. Lake days. Hot sun. Messy hair. No makeup. Gardening. Ahhhh, summer.

Buuuutttt, that’s over. Well, not officially per the calendar, but everyone is already breaking out their fall decor and I’ll have a post on that in the next week or so but that’s not what we’re here to talk about today.

I was on Instagram [here] a while back and noticed some ladies participating in the #100roomchallenge . I was intrigued. I started asking around. How do I get to part of this? I was directed to Erin and her blog [@lemonslavenderlaundry] who runs the challenge.

So, be watching for a post weekly about my progress with this room redo.

I chose my master bathroom.

Here are some before pictures.

It’s not a huge spa bath, but it’s not dinky either.

We had already put shelving in the nook above the toilet months ago, so I’m not including that in the price of the overall redo.

Here is my mood board. It shows what I’m thinking as far as paint and changeable features of the room.

Okay, so let’s break this down. The background color will be the wall color. Well, at least a color similar to this one, called River Rouge by Sherwin Williams- it’s part of the West Virginia paint color grouping and I loved it so much I wanted to put it in my WV home. So, it’s like a brownish- maroon, depending on the light. As far as I know, I’ll be leaving the vanity, flooring, toilet & tub the same. I want to do some floral wallpaper on one wall, but we’ll see how that goes budget-wise when I get into it more. I’m also considering shiplap, we’ll see! I need a jute rug runner for the floor- I feel like it would look the best and it’ll not get mildew-y since it’s in a room that pretty much stays damp. I also purchased some of those hanging triangle shelves from Hobby Lobby last week so I’m excited to see how those tie in.

Well, I’m so glad you’ve checked out what’s going on around here. Go check out these other blogs that are also participating in the #100roomchallenge.


Greater is He

The Lord really makes ways.

Lately, I’ve just been feeling so overwhelmed. Okay, this is going to be a lot so hang in there.

I’ve been praying for answers. And some answers are coming, while others are not. I know He’s working it out, I just can’t see it, and that’s okay. I don’t want to need to see it. I just want to trust that it’s working out. I don’t always need to see the plan.

So, as I’ve said before, I felt like starting this blog was put on my heart. About 4 years ago, I had come across a few others blogs. Then, during a remodel of our first house, our pipes froze which put us in a hotel for a few nights. While sitting at the desk in a Comfort Inn I started my first one. Stephanie Griffith Home is actually my fourth site. More on that later though, I’m going to write a post about starting a blog. Since I started this one, things have taken off. It’s definitely not a get rich quick deal if that’s what you’re thinking, but I’ve had more happen since starting this one. Even with the successes that I’ve had, I have days where I just want to quit. That’s right. I just want to say forget it! I’m not doing it. I’m not photographing everything in the right light of day. I’m not editing, cropping and uploading. I’m not drafting, editing and publishing posts. I’m not doing home improvement projects and crafts constantly. It gets to be too much. Especially once you add in all the social media. But it’s all necessary. It’s all part of it. And Every. Single. Time. I try to quit, God sends someone to tell me to keep pushing forward. So I do.

There are days, I can’t get off Pinterest and Instagram. I hope you all don’t struggle with this, but comparison is my biggest demon. I start looking and wishing and hoping and degrading. None of mine looks that good. My house isn’t perfectly decorated. It’s not even clean most of the time, I just hide it well. But I feel consumed by trying to be that person. I want to have a spotless home, be the perfect hostess, do all the projects, post to my blog every day, and be involved in all family and community events. Even typing that stresses and exhausts me. And if someone else sent me these words, I’d say

“Oh girl, just stop. That’s too much for one person. Relax. Do what you can and let the rest go and find ways to not feel bad about it”.

It helps to write things out. Do you do that? I see how ridiculous all this sounds now. 

Friends, God doesn’t want this for us. Confusion and stress is not His game. He blessed me so abundantly, feeling this way just squashes all that. I just keep saying “His grace is sufficient for me”. 

I kept my friends kids last week and that was the cherry on the cake. They are good kids, it’s just not what I’m used to, they’re not used to me, and they don’t know the stop and go areas and things of my house and life. I’m not going to lie, it wore me out. And it discouraged me. I want babies more than anything in the world. I always have. I always said that the reason things didn’t work out with college and jobs and why I don’t have a career is because I was meant to be a mom. That’s the job I want. But keeping those kiddos made me question that. I just felt like I didn’t handle it as well as I could have I guess. I didn’t have games for them to play and crafts to do. And at the end of the day, my house was messy and I didn’t get anything done that day, but I’ve talked to several momma’s and that’s what it’s all about. Crazy busy and you do what you can and let the rest go. At the end of the day, the lives God gave you matter more than the dishes that aren’t clean or the beds that need made.

I can’t wait to start that next stage of life with babies. My heart aches for them. I want my schedule and my house flipped upside down. I want the crazy. I want sleepless nights, cuddles, messy clothes, and full hearts. I know God is working all that out, I’m going to keep trusting Him and try to get out of His way while He unfolds His plan for my life.

 

I Won A Giveaway!

Have y’all seen those giveaways on Instagram? About once a month, I’m a contributor to one. If you haven’t, you should check them out. A ton of home design accounts put one together. I think there’s always one going on. Anyway, I won one! And a good good one to boot! These makers and shakers blew my mind.

Here’s what I got:

The giveaway was started to celebrate Ashley & Emily of Fragrant Farmhouse’s [here] Birthday! It felt like it was my birthday! They sent a coconut lime verbena candle which absolutely smells like the beach to me. They also send a body scrub that I have been waiting to try. Let’s be honest, who has time for a pampering day every day? I wish. So, I’m planning to try it out next week! I’ll be posting on IG how much I’m sure I’ll love it so watch for that [here].

This pillow cover, y’all! How cute! It’s from Sheri & Kortnie at Mille Made Designs [here] . It fits an 18 x 18 pillow, and those were 1/2 off at Hobby Lobby this week so to say that winning this giveaway was awesome is an understatement, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. I love this in my family room, it adds so much coziness. And the material the cover is made of is so so soft.

I actually received a gift card to A Little Scrap of Happy [here]  and these are the items I picked. That hand lettered sign is in my office and it’s just the reminder I needed to stay simple: in blogging, in wifing, and in life. That notebook was another great reminder: I’m a hot mess that is blessed. I love having these little notebooks handy. I recently used one to collect autographs at the Texans training camp hosted by The Greenbrier.

This next one was also a gift card to Leisa’s shop The Silver Loft [here]. I made use of every dime she gave me, too! I love love love these bracelets. The one in the middle is a hair tie holder! Two of my favorite things: practical and pretty. I got the pineapple bangle for the infertility part of my life. The other bracelet has mine and Mountain’s initials and a heart. I wear them everywhere now.

How awesome are these? I loved them, but only got to use them for about a week so I’m already looking forward to next year when I display them longer. As Sue on The Middle says- I just love America.

This farm photo changed my family room. I added that galvanized fan from WalMart [I know, right?!] and that wall is just so much homier now. Have you noticed that? Homes look homier with things on the walls. Anywho, Christine from Shutter Tree Photos [here] is super duper talented and I wish I had a farm she could photograph!

I wish I had gotten a better photo of these kitchen towels, but my camera is out of commission and I took all the other photo’s beforehand. So sorry, Rachel! Anyway, these inspired me, I want more summer! More lemons and limes, tea and naps, lake days and road trips. Ahh, I’ll just live though the towels for now. Go give Rachel at Starling Meadows [here] at follow, she’ll inspire you from one end of her feed to the other.

I was kind of bummed about the next item. I didn’t get to wear them. Jo Anne who sells Lula Roe [here] sent me these 4th leggings. If ya wanna Roe, go see Jo! Okay, I’m done being corny for this post. Anyway, leggings are the best. Do you think anyone will notice if I wear them on Labor Day?

Dah-dah-dah-dah! Jessica from Farm Momma [here] sent me here June subscription box. Thrilled is an understatement. [I’m sorry if I missed an item, I was so excited and there are so many goodies I might have]. She collects handmade items from makers and packs them into a farm home decor box that always leaves me speechless. Go. Run. Check her out!

I am so bummed this picture turned out a little blurred. Anyway, don’t you love buntings and banners? I do. and this one is wooden! Yeah, that’s right! Wooden, as in won’t fall apart in the box between now and when you get it out again. Not that I’m putting mine away, I’m going to push it right into fall and winter. Are you all thinking of Fall and Christmas decorating, I want summer to last longer so badly, but I do love decorating for those seasons. Go see Briana with DIY Inspired House [here] to get yours!

These bathroom signs. I wish I could use emoji’s in blogging. I have had tons of compliments on these already. I know I said before that I loved pretty and practical, but can I add another- punny! Okay, so I really wanted to say funny but I wanted to keep with the p’s!

Last, but certainly not least, is this adorable wooden heart sent from Aimee at Rustic Occassions [here]. It’s so well made. I know, it shouldn’t surprise me, these makers are all rockstars in their craft, but I thought it would feel flimsier I guess, that’s a terrible word for it, but the good thing is, it’s definitely not flimsy!

Keep a look out because I’m sure you’ll see all these items moving around my home from time to time. I hope you all will check out theses amazing ladies and make their feeds and products a part of your every day. I promise it’s worth it!

Love to all!