Tale of Three Bathrooms

Patty and Jim DeRosa had me back to update not one, not two, but three bathrooms in their home.  It all starts with a plan.  First I drew up my ideas for their bathrooms and met with Patty for her approval.  She and Jim liked the designs and the work proceeded.

I'm pleased to say that the end results of the rooms did not stray too far from the original design.  Click on the design image to see both design boards.

Let's start with the Master bath.  

The Master bath had a pink Jacuzzi and lighting on the medicine cabinet that dated the room.  Jim disliked the deep red color so a neutral tan was selected.  White became the complimentary color starting with the tub.  No, the tub was not replaced, but painted with special paint designed for tub and tile.  The medicine cabinet got updated with new lighting and all the hardware was painted as well to a silver color.  The floor got covered in a floating vinyl plank and the wall opposite the tub got outfitted with two large cabinets from IKEA for storage.  The curtains were replaced with a 2" white wood-look blinds.  A repurposed chandelier was added to the design for some charm over the tub.  The window over the tub got a Gallery Glass paint treatment to retain the window's functionality.  

This picture shows the tub before the faucets were replaced.

On to bathroom number Two.  This small bath sits off the living room.  The walls are covered in a panel board.  To change the color, a bonding primer was used and then painted with this beautiful butterscotch.  The oak vanity set was antiqued and the shades were replaced on the lights.  A new 12" x 24" tile was used on the floor and a repurposed shutter replaced the existing curtain on the linen closet beside the shower.  The shower curtain from the upstairs made its way downstairs and was embellished with ribbon sewn along some of the stripes.  A new picture purchased by Patty is on one wall, while her existing pair of pictures behind the toilet were redone with internet images embellished with ribbon, tape and metal pieces.

Both Patty and I both agree that Bathroom 3 might be our favorite.  The paneled wall took on a spa-like blue color and the floor was tiled in the same 12" x 24" tile as the bathroom 2.  There were natural wood shelves in the room and another outdated medicine cabinet.  The hardware went to oil-rubbed bronze.  Patty and Jim purchased a new faucet set which is soon to be installed.  

Notice the angled edge of the medicine cabinet at the top and bottom.  These features along with the light, dated the room.  The section of mirror with the lights on was removed by Jim.  We removed the doors and I sent them off to Allegheny Glass who was able to cut off the angled part of the mirror and door, leaving a flat edge under which a row of cubby shelves were placed.  The light fixture came from IKEA.  The black fixture benefited from some strategically placed bronze acrylic paint.  

The shelves which are now painted white got some style with some mismatched knobs.

Posted on January 21, 2015 .

These are a few of my Favorite Things...

Handmade Christmas presents were a big hit at my house this year.  Here are a few of the outstanding gifts we received that were made with love.

Evan Falbo made these awesome lights using Mason Jars and Quikrete.  He formed the top and bottom of the light using plastic bowls as forms to pour in the Quickrete, added the jar with light before it was dry and then painted them..  I LOVE the natural look of these lights!

This retro apron was a hand-sewn gift from Lindsey Falbo.  How cool!  Kind of makes me want to put a dress and heels on to hang around the house.  Ok, maybe not.  Lindsey plans to have an Etsy shop soon that she will sell her aprons; as well as handmade bow ties and lingerie.  Something for everyone.  We'll keep you posted on that.

While I'm wearing my apron, I can bake up these cookies in a jar, a wonderful handmade gift from Julia Wertz.  The instructions to make these Chewy Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies are handwritten on the top. Mmmm...

Also in the Santa Clause basket from Julia were these wonderful bath goodies.

How simple and beautiful are these creations?  Amazing handcrafted mixtures such as Mint Pine Bath Salts and Vanilla Green Tea Detox Bath are folded in these papers with ribbon and bejeweled trims.  Talk about pampering!  

The new year brings hopes of a LaVintage Decor Studio and Gift Shop.  It is my hope that I can convince this trio as well as my other creative family members and friends to help stock the shelves with these handmade treasures.

Posted on December 30, 2014 .

Central PA Live Thanksgiving Style

On today's visit, Dawn and I talked about setting your table for Thanksgiving.  One of the ideas was a simple slipcover you can make from painter's canvas.  

http://www.wearecentralpa.com/story/d/story/la-vintage-decor-thanksgiving-style/12395/Ohfulw8eAEiUTMAl4KP7Rw

click the image for a video of the show.

click the image for a video of the show.

Here's the link for the slipcover pattern.

http://www.allfreesewing.com/Chair-Slipcovers/Making-Dining-Chair-Slipcovers

Posted on November 19, 2014 .

Stripe It Rich

Theresa and Joe Remacle of Altoona wanted a face lift for their living room.  It started with a request for new paint and window treatment.  After a visit to look at the room, I thought the paint color was nice; the line just needed cleaned up a bit where it met the ceiling.  I took that opportunity to bring in some additional color that was present in adjacent rooms.  Their beloved dogs had damaged the cushions of the furniture a bit, so I suggested I make slipcovers to match the fabric of the drapes.  A stripe made its way around the room and continued on the drapes, which open and close fully.  Coordinating pillows unified the whole scheme.  A few pieces of furniture were rearranged slightly and a new piece made its way into the room, a shelf unit made from repurposed drawers.  New rugs for the entryway and a new lamp took their place in the room as well. 

The before pics.  A nicely decorated room, that just benefited from some fresh paint and fabrics.

The before pics.  A nicely decorated room, that just benefited from some fresh paint and fabrics.

A beautiful furniture piece and mirror, previously in a corner, now takes center stage on the impression wall in the living room.

A beautiful furniture piece and mirror, previously in a corner, now takes center stage on the impression wall in the living room.

The stripe that begins on the drape, travels around the whole room.

The stripe that begins on the drape, travels around the whole room.

The existing furniture arrangement and pictures stay in place on this wall.  A new lamp and pillows change the whole look!      

The existing furniture arrangement and pictures stay in place on this wall.  A new lamp and pillows change the whole look!

 

 

A "new" shelf unit made from repurposed desk drawers, painted out in the colors of the room, lined with colorful papers and adorned with quirky, mismatched knobs.  Some coordinating storage boxes and a few new accessories compliment the accessories that were already in the room.

A "new" shelf unit made from repurposed desk drawers, painted out in the colors of the room, lined with colorful papers and adorned with quirky, mismatched knobs.  Some coordinating storage boxes and a few new accessories compliment the accessories that were already in the room.

So what can I do for you?  Call me to freshen up your existing decor.  Budget friendly makeovers that are functional and pleasing to the eye.

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

More Faux-Real Stained Glass Windows

Patty DeRosa and her husband, Jim, asked me to do three more windows for their upstairs after the LaVintage Decor Mini Makeover.  One was for their hall window, which is high up on their stair landing.  I like to call that one the hall tree.

Finished Faux-Real Stained Glass Hall Tree

Finished Faux-Real Stained Glass Hall Tree

The other two windows started with real stained glass pieces, made by local artist, Jill Frederick.  

Two windows with real stained glass pieces by Jill Frederick, further embellished with glass pieces and paint.

Two windows with real stained glass pieces by Jill Frederick, further embellished with glass pieces and paint.

Each of these windows was custom made.  Frames were cut and constructed, glass cut to measure and then embellished.  I hope to share some of my techniques for a scaled down version on an upcoming Central PA Live.  I'll be glad to make some custom Faux-Real stained glass windows that will be perfect for your decor.  

Hall Tree in progress...

Hall Tree in progress...

Posted on September 30, 2014 .

Yard Sale Rescue

This vintage stained glass lampshade was missing a pane and I picked it up for only $5 at a yard sale.  I've never cut glass before but watched my dad many times.  So I bought a piece of stained glass at Hobby Lobby for $7 and a cutter for $5 and got to it.  A YouTube video helped me learn how to score and break it apart.  (I love YouTube How-To videos.)  The important thing is to make only one pass with the cutter.  Also, cut the glass in one direction to make one piece and then make smaller cuts afterwards.  You can't make one angled cut and expect it to behave.  The existing pieces are textured on the outside and the new piece I bought is not.  I could flip the other pieces but, right now, I'm not pushing my luck.  I'm pretty happy with it considering similar shades are going for $150 and up online.  Can you guess which piece of glass is the replacement?  

Now I just need to decide what to do with it.  I'm thinking chandelier, maybe with some crystals once it is decided where it will live.  Would you like it to live in your home?  Let me know and I'll build your room decor around it!  

Posted on August 12, 2014 .

Patty's Mini Makeover

A fresh coat of paint, some window seat love in the form of curtains, a chandelier, art, shelves and lots of pillows transformed this room.  The window seat is now a cozy place to curl up with a book or look out the window at God's creation.

a few oddly slanted windows posed a problem of how to treat them.  Patty said she had considered stained glass before when I mentioned it.  They got a "faux real" stained glass treatment.  Picture frame molding formed custom made frames which held glass cut to measure.  On that was glued a real piece of stained glass and lots of glass embellishments.  Then gallery glass leading and clear paint finished the look.  

a few oddly slanted windows posed a problem of how to treat them.  Patty said she had considered stained glass before when I mentioned it.  They got a "faux real" stained glass treatment.  Picture frame molding formed custom made frames which held glass cut to measure.  On that was glued a real piece of stained glass and lots of glass embellishments.  Then gallery glass leading and clear paint finished the look.  

A burlap pillow is created simply by printing out a bird image on the computer and tracing using a Sharpie marker.  Some ball fringe coordinated the pillow with others on the seat.   

A burlap pillow is created simply by printing out a bird image on the computer and tracing using a Sharpie marker.  Some ball fringe coordinated the pillow with others on the seat.

 

Posted on July 20, 2014 .

$1000 Makeover Room Giveaway Before and After Pics

Here is the Mastalski makeover.  A Martha Stewart quilt that wasn't quite at home in the room got a coverup with a custom duvet cover in bronze pinched taffeta with black cord trim.  The bed skirt is linen with the same fabric as the pillow shams peeking through the kick pleats.  Silk pillows with trim and a no-sew bolster complete the story of luxury on the bed.

Existing pictures that were a perfect fit for the area between the dresser mirrors got a makeover in keeping with the butterfly inspiration of the picture over the bed.

Existing pictures that were a perfect fit for the area between the dresser mirrors got a makeover in keeping with the butterfly inspiration of the picture over the bed.

An existing night table became a TV stand and in came two antique night tables that coordinate nicely with the Mastalskis' existing bedroom suite.  Elaine loved the look of Looking Glass spray paint on wood when I showed her some pictures, so the tops and drawer fronts got the faux mirrored treatment.

An existing night table became a TV stand and in came two antique night tables that coordinate nicely with the Mastalskis' existing bedroom suite.  Elaine loved the look of Looking Glass spray paint on wood when I showed her some pictures, so the tops and drawer fronts got the faux mirrored treatment.

Posted on July 20, 2014 .

Summer happenings at the Homestead

My friend, who was our constant companion during our outdoor projects.  He was always around when we dug up some fresh dirt for some fresh worms!   

My friend, who was our constant companion during our outdoor projects.  He was always around when we dug up some fresh dirt for some fresh worms!

 

Patio in a Day!

Treated lumber joined to desired size using galvanized screws.

Treated lumber joined to desired size using galvanized screws.

Plastic was layed on the ground to kill the grass underneath to prevent it from growing up between the blocks, and then a layer of sand to set the 12" x 12" pavers in.  (We found the best price for the pavers at Home Depot.)  It took some time to make the corners meet and make them level but we all know anything doing is worth doing right.   

Plastic was layed on the ground to kill the grass underneath to prevent it from growing up between the blocks, and then a layer of sand to set the 12" x 12" pavers in.  (We found the best price for the pavers at Home Depot.)  It took some time to make the corners meet and make them level but we all know anything doing is worth doing right.

 

Wella!  We had guests over that night.

Wella!  We had guests over that night.

A few lighting projects

Two simple projects, the one on the post is simply an empty tuna fish can + a $1 candle bowl from the craft store + the top of a solar light.  The other, a $1 solar light from the Dollar Store, disassembled, glued to an old glass light shade and then reassembled after drying.

Serving up a border made from plates.  Just dig deep enough to make sure the plate is planted firmly.  It helps to wet the soil first and then tamp down the soil in front and back of the plates.  A plate flower was planted and then mulch was spread.

Serving up a border made from plates.  Just dig deep enough to make sure the plate is planted firmly.  It helps to wet the soil first and then tamp down the soil in front and back of the plates.  A plate flower was planted and then mulch was spread.


Posted on June 17, 2014 .

Creating an Outdoor Space

This is a space I did for a client who wanted the area under her deck to be a nice private place to sit.  She had an existing potting bench that had a great aluminum top and the wood had a wonderful aged patina but the drawers didn't function and neither did the bin for the dirt as the slotted top collected water making, you guessed it, mud!  A little TLC and the bench was given a new lease on life.  The space got a wood lattice wall for privacy that consisted of two sizes of stained lattice as well as a canvas drape to draw across for additional privacy.  A fresh coat of paint, a repurposed shadow box and a vintage rusty rake to hold garden tools complete the back wall.  Two vintage chairs were painted to compliment the pillows that the client already owned and were also the inspiration for the floor cloth.  She loved the lime color and wanted to accent it with blue. Other items of interest in the space are the custom glass art pieces consisting of a totem, a repurposed planter and mason jar chandelier, plate flower and mason jar solar lights.  A lace curtain secured on vintage coat hooks with burlap ribbon make a sweet opportunity for additional privacy.




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Posted on May 25, 2014 .