Two Blondes and a Stan: Bath Tub Baby Steps

Outside the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama

Outside the Birmingham Museum of Art in Birmingham, Alabama

When it came time to write this week’s Two Blondes and a Stan, I went through hundreds of photos and a dozen different ideas…should I tell y’all everything that has happened in this past week…would y’all even believe me, if I did?  Where do I even start?

The truth…I shall begin with the truth.  So grab a good cup of coffee, and sit a spell with me as we take a visit to the Birmingham Museum of Art and baby steps toward getting Abby’s bathroom complete.

a peek inside the Birmingham Museum of Art

a peek inside the Birmingham Museum of Art

Once upon a time, a boy met a girl…they got married…and eventually had a precious baby girl.  Flash forward seventeen years….

This precious baby girl is now seventeen…and keeps us on own our toes and on the road…and that is how we ended up at the Birmingham Museum of Art and not at home working on renovation projects.

IMG_1823I wouldn’t trade the weekend that my little family and I spent at the Birmingham Museum of Art for a thousand finished home projects.

After we got though celebrating Holi at the BMA, we got back to reality...working on Abby's bathroom.

After we finished celebrating Holi at the BMA, we got back to reality…working on Abby’s bathroom.

Tub is now positioned...whoo hoo!

Good news:  tub is now positioned…whoo hoo…

Stan playing the role of plumber

Stan playing plumber

Countertop from Lowe's, sink and faucet from Home depot, original mirror and cabinets

Countertop from Lowe’s, sink and faucet from Home Depot, original mirror, and original cabinets that I painted and glazed (details in upcoming posts)

Tiles for the vanity backsplash from Home Depot

Tiles for the vanity backsplash from Home Depot

Ziva has been fascinated with the home renovation.  Her latest curiosity--the drill.

Ziva has been fascinated with the home renovation. “Hey, mom!  What is this?”

Ziva did not like the drill!  I really wish I would have videoed the scene.

Ziva did not like the drill! I really wish I would have videoed the scene.

Even with all the weekend happenings, we did get some projects checked off the list…bath tub baby steps, baby, bath tub baby steps!

Now, it is time for a sneak peek of the home decor and wall art……………….

I like to position everything and live with it for awhile before I commit.  My number one tip for home renovation is hang wall art before painting that last coat of paint…live with it, and make sure you love where it is.  If you decide that you do, simply take it all down and paint that last coat.  If you decide you don’t like where you put all your art, simply take it all down, patch the nail holes, and try again!

Wall art collage in the living room...details about wall color and art pieces in a future blog.

Wall art collage in the living room…and I am kinda digging it…details about wall color and art pieces in a future blog.

Yes, I did bring that window home from the dump.

Yes, I did bring that window home from the dump.

A little junky decor for the living room

My picked gas cans–love them, and I must find more to make into lamps!

My favorite junky piece

My favorite junky piece

Today has been a busy day.  Abby, Lucy, and I made a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for Abby to participate in a FlashPointOmniMedia radio show.  No home projects were accomplished, but we had much fun and refueled our creative spirit.

Abby, Lucy, and I made a quick road trip to Columbus, Mississippi for Abby to participate in a FlashPointOmniMedia radio show. We spotted this Pepsi can painted on the side of a building in Gordo, Alabama.  Of course, we had to stop and take a few photos for Abby’s blog. No home projects were accomplished, but we had much fun and refueled our creative spirit.

Thanks for sitting a spell with me.  Be sure to keep up with all the randomness and renovation by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons on the right sidebar.

Stay tuned to Sweet Sorghum Living as we reveal all the details about the home renovation–from paint colors to where to buy.

Much love,

Chasidy

Flashback Friday: No More Winnie the Pooh

1980's heart shelf that I "water-stained" red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

1980’s heart shelf that I “water-stained” red-orange, a piece of the wallpaper border in a green frame that Abby and I painted together, clear vases that we decoupaged with tissue paper (way before Pinterest!), and a ponytail holder to which we tied vintage fabric and ribbon

Whoo hoo!  It is Friday…let’s do a little dance…speaking of dance…I love the original Flashdance movie…and Dirty Dancing…Patrick Swayze…bless his soul….

I am glad that it is Friday considering my rambling mood!  Well, let us get back to the post at hand, and let’s do a little dance and have a flashback moment….

Lolly Molly Art and Sweet Sorghum Living have been a part of my life for a long time.  Way before social media and blogs, I was creating….

Today, I would like to share with you a “big girl” bathroom makeover.  Please sit a spell with me, and enjoy a blast from my past…at least my creations were better than my hair and fashion!

I remember it like it was yesterday.  Abby was tired of her Winnie the Pooh bathroom decor.  She was wanting “big girl” stuff…and at the time, orange was her favorite color.  She also loved ladybugs, butterflies, fish, and “fuzzy stuff”. We looked everywhere for her “vision”…after months of looking, I decided that her “vision” was more like a “dream” and something had to give.  What was a mom to do!

I wish I could say that I had a divine revelation…but it was more like a nudge…just a little push that would lead to much bigger pushes.

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Every bath needs bright storage!  Abby picked out everything for her “big girl” bath.  From the shower curtain to the rug, she was involved in the process.  She helped paint, decoupage, and decorate.

I took Abby to the local Sherwin Williams, and we picked out wallpaper, wallpaper border, and paint.  It wasn’t what I had imagined for her bathroom; however, I thought that it was important for her to be part of the creative process and decorating.  My reasoning was that it was just paint…and a bit of wallpaper….

She found ladybug shower curtain hooks (if you look carefully, there are ladybugs in the wallpaper border), “green fuzzy stuff on a string” (to match the green in the border), silk butterflies, and glass vases that she adored and wanted in her “big girl” bathroom.  It was my job to figure out how to make her “vision” come to life, and Stan’s job to hang the wallpaper!

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The nightlight that Abby and I made together for her “big girl” bathroom. We decoupaged tissue paper to the shade and hot glued “fuzzy stuff” (as Abby called it and still calls it) to the top and bottom of the shade. We had so much fun creating this together…and to this day, Abby is the best “hot-glue-gunner” I know.

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her "big girl" bathroom.  Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling...I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she was insisting on using!

Abby found a giant blue Christmas ball that she wanted to put in her “big girl” bathroom. Her idea was to hang it from the ceiling…I convinced her that it looked fabulous on top of the cabinet in the candy dish that she insisted on using!

I must admit that the “big girl” bathroom was a challenge.  It was not easy incorporating all the things that Abby wanted in her bath….There were moments that I wanted to remove her from the decorating committee, but I am so glad that I didn’t.

Today, she is creative and fabulous…running the Vintage Inspired Passionista blog, creating her own DIYs, and decorating her new “big girl” bathroom in tranquil glam (as she calls it)…stay tuned to the “Two Blondes and a Stan” segments to see exactly what “tranquil glam” involves!

Every bath needs a classic art print!  She spotted this print at the local Fred's.  After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom.  Her little face lit up...and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

Every bath needs a classic art print! She spotted this print at the local Fred’s. After an hour of reasoning and negotiating with Abby, I finally agreed that it would look great in her bathroom. Her little face lit up…and she was so excited that I had understood her vision.

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall!  Yes, my new house has one....hopefully, not for long!  My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar.  One of my favorite things that my dad had made...I know, right?  A toilet paper holder is my favorite!  But is gorgeous...a work of art!

I absolutely hate those toilet paper holders that attach to the wall! Yes, my new house has one….hopefully, not for long! My dad (aka Paw Riley) made an incredible TP holder out of cedar. One of my favorite things that my dad has made…I know, right? A toilet paper holder is my favorite! But is gorgeous…a work of art!

At the end of the day, it was not exactly what I had imagined; however, it was fabulous in the eyes of a little girl.  I am so very thankful that God was whispering in my ear to let her be creative and not to squash her “vision”!

Thanks so much for sitting a spell with me and flashing back to days gone by…

Be sure to take a gander over to www.vintageinspiredpassionista.com to see my little girl all grown up and fabulous!

Love and Hugs,

Chasidy