When Melinda read about our little tray tiling project, she and her husband decided to try their hand at some tray customization too. Here’s her letter:
My husband and I were inspired by your DIY tray project from a couple of weeks ago. My sister is a huge tea drinker so I decided to make her a tea tray for Christmas using an old British ad slogan. Here are some photos from the process. Thanks for the daily dose of inspiration! -Melinda
Melinda snagged the tray at Pier One and the striped & flowered paper from a local scrapbook store. Then she printed the “Tea Revives You” image at home and picked up the same liquid resin that we used from Michael’s. Total project cost: about $25. Not bad for a completely custom Christmas present for a tea-loving sister.
Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous tray project pictures, Melinda! And if anyone else whipped up a customized tray of their own, don’t hesitate to send us some visuals. We eat that stuff for breakfast.
When Kim sent some pretty dramatic before and afters our way, we couldn’t wait to share her bedroom to bathroom conversion. Here’s her letter:
Okay, Youngsters… I’m biting on your quest for before and afters. I’m not sure if it’s quite drool-worthy enough, but I wanted to share my favorite room makeover in our house – our upstairs bathroom. We bought a foreclosed home a year and a half ago. It was built in the 30′s so it had lots of lovely touches, but the prior owners had run it into the ground. It took about 8 months to make it livable, and we just “finished” it in August (although we are learning that it’s never really finished). Our upstairs bathroom was a tiny bedroom when we started (about 6 x 11). But, it makes a fabulously large bathroom.
My husband and our dads ran the plumbing and electrical and today it’s a lovely retreat and truly my favorite transformation in the house. I took a cue from your blog for the open bathroom storage with baskets and fell in love with a shower curtain from Ballard Designs. It kinda all started from there. Hope you like it! Keep the design inspiration coming!- Kim
Crazy good transformation, no? We love that open storage with those adorable baskets and we’re head over heels about the idea of taking a small unusable bedroom (anything 6 feet wide is a bit crazy) and creating a spacious and serene bathroom full of crisp and clean touches for a totally current feel. Thanks so much for sending those pics our way Kim!
This is one of our favorite bathroom remodels, and to think that one of our readers and her fam did it all on their own! Amazing. Here’s her letter:
Love watching you guys work your magic! Saw your call for before and afters, and thought you might get a kick out of this one. It was a fave of mine because it was a family affair. Kids (4 teens and assorted friends) ripped out the tile and hauled everything including the doozie of a harvest gold cast iron tub. Have you ever tried to move one of those beasts?! I found a great old antique asian altar table to use as a vanity. Also another old carved piece to use as a door for the medicine cabinet. At our local Goodwill I found a piece of counter and a kitchen drawer base… which we stuffed in the underutilized linen closet for kids drawers and getting ready space. Sounds a tad funky but we love the result. Thanks for peeking… and keep on keeping on with all of your wonderful inspiration! – Linda
Here’s the doozie of a before:
And Linda’s stunning after pics:
Are you not blown away by the lovely textured wallpaper? That gorgeous antique vanity? The fact that they turned a dated and dingy bathroom into a spa like oasis? Thanks so much for sharing your fabulous photos with us Linda! Makes us wanna take a sledgehammer to something…