Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Master Bath Reno

For what seems like way too many months now I have been working on our Master Bath Renovation.  It was a simple and budget friendly update that I had hoped to knock out in just a couple of weekends, but as with most home projects there were a few setbacks.  

Before we go any further here is a look at the master bath stripped down prior to its little face lift! 

I don't have a good quality pic to show you a before of the window, but prior to the update there was a privacy film on it.  That was the very first thing I removed!  I LOVE natural light and see no reason to keep it out.  

The black and white tile floor and subway and marble shower details I am a total fan of so that was a huge relief and cost saver. Basically for this reno we would only be updating the pale green walls, hardware, and decor.

Usually, I can paint a room of this size in a couple of hours.  However, I quickly discovered that the previous homeowners who had purchased our home and did a quick flip within a year (which I am totally grateful for) had pulled wallpaper down and left glue sporadically behind.  Ugh!!! I’ve never seen paint looks so terrible on a wall, total disaster.  I then tried to take on sanding and priming the walls and I lasted for about um...30 minutes!  I had to call in back up aka Daddy to take over.  The smell of the primer was just too much for these little lungs of mine. 

In addition to painting the walls, I also gave the window trim, molding, and ceiling a fresh coat of paint.  

The abstract artwork I hung where the towel rack used to be is actually printable/digital downloads from Etsy!  I printed the images on cardstock paper and picked up frames from Michael's! I felt super frugal and proud of myself for thinking outside the box.
After the walls were done, I started painting all of the hardware.  The lighting fixture, the cabinet handles, even the toilet paper holder.  They were a brushed silver originally.  I try with every room I update to stay on budget and cut costs where I can.  I loved our hardware just not the color.  So out came my trusty bottle of spray paint.  I could not get over what a difference the color change made.  I also changed our current mirror from white to black to add a more dramatic contrast to the white walls.  

Next I had Scott step in to help and we tackled the shelving.  I’ll be honest, the shelving was a vision I was determined to bring to life.  I knew I not only wanted to see these handmade shelves by Scott and I in our master bath, but I also wanted to see them in the 
Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Signature Collection.

Did I mention the store opens THIS WEEK and these darling shelves can be YOURS?!

Finally, everything was in place and it was time to pull in the décor, my favorite part.  

 In the end this small renovation took longer than expected, but I couldn't be happier with the end results. The space feels bright and roomy and that was my overall end goal. 

One weekend soon I hope to tackle a Roman shade for the window, but honestly I am loving all the light that pours in every morning and afternoon!

The Details
Paint Color - Benjamin Moore, Decorators White (my all time fave)
Swing Shelf - Delightfully Chic Lifestyle 
Printable Artwork - Etsy 
Jute Basket - TJ Maxx
Jute Rug - Bed Bath & Beyond
Accent Decor - Hobby Lobby, Michael's, and Local Antique Stores

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique {SUMMER 2017}

I per usual have been slack in posting to the blog, however, if you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram or Facebook you still see all the daily happenings and you already know the exciting news.
For those of you who keep up with things on the blog I wanted to pop in and share the most exciting news!! We are opening the Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique, a place where you can find my favorite home décor, original artwork, handcrafted jewelry, linens for your kitchen and dining areas and SO much more. This little doll has been a labor of love for some time now and it’s only the beginning. Somebody pinch me! 

 What makes the Delightfully Chic Lifestyle Boutique special? Everything you will find in our shop has been designed and created right here within the United States by some of the most talented women and men! Over the next few weeks I will be giving sneak peeks and you may even see a flash sale or two! To stay in the know make sure you are following us on Instagram and Facebook.

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

DIY Ladder for Under $20

Since moving into our forever home and having Fiona I've tried really hard to be more aware of my "frivolous" spending.  When I see something I want, I ask myself a couple of questions...
 1) Is this a need or a want? 2) Can I turn this into a DIY and cut the cost?

I truly love a good project.  Scott just the other day said "I don't think our house will ever be completely finished".  I said, "Of course not, that's the fun in it all"!  When it comes to the style of home I like, it varies.  I love traditional, I love hunting unique antique pieces to add character and a story to tell.  I also love modern.  If I could white wash our entire home and have minimal pieces in our home that would totally work for me.  Then there's that side of me that longs for what I knew growing up in the country.  I love a good farmhouse, but I love to see a farmhouse mixed with modern touches.  So you see I'm all over the place and with that being said, this is why I try not to invest too much money in the pieces I buy.  Chances are in a month or so I will be mixing things up again.

The first time I saw a ladder placed in a bedroom or family room I knew I wanted to add this touch to our home.  However, this is another one of those pieces I'm not totally sure will hang around for years to come.  So, I told Scott, let's just make one ourselves, and that's exactly what we did and for UNDER $20! Seriously, how great is that?!

So here's all the details!

What you'll need...

Two 6 foot thin pieces (1x2x6′ Pine) 
 Two dowels (7/8 x 48in) 
Minwax Stain (I went with Provincial)   

(You can adjust the size depending on how large or small you would like your ladder)

For this next step I had Scott jump in to help.  This is something I love about home projects because we get to do them together and that always seems to make things more special.

You will want to decide how wide you want your ladder and how many rungs you will want.  We decided to have four.

After the rungs are cut, I simply measured out where I wanted them.  Again totally up to you on where you will want yours.  Next I nailed each rung in to one side of the long slat and then nailed them on to the second piece.

After you have your ladder together you will want to apply 1-2 coats of stain depending on how dark you want your stain.  I just cut up an old t-shirt to wipe the stain on with.

And there you have it! Super easy and inexpensive!

Happy Sunday and Happy DIY'ing!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Gaither Kitchen: Asian Noodle Salad

If you follow Delightfully Chic on Instagram you saw a major sneak peek at this beyond delicious Asian Noodle Salad I made over the weekend.  I tried to give y'all a step by step how to in my Insta Stories, but wanted to share here on the blog so you don't miss any of the details.

First, let me make note that this salad is a lighter version of the standard Asian Noodle Salad as I substituted zucchini for the noodles. This recipe should only take you about 30 minutes to make, it's a total win!  Miss Fiona and I were having some girl time while "Da Da" was working so it took us about 2 hours to make! #MomLife

Ok...Let's grab our ingredients! 

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Juice of 1 lime (or a dash more for fun)
1 cup cashew halves (toasted)
2 cups grated carrots (I used about 4 smaller carrots)
2 zucchini, spiraled thin
2 cucumbers, halved and thinly sliced
2 yellow bell peppers, thinly sliced
1/2 small red cabbage, thinly sliced

Once you have everything you need.
Start chopping and dicing those veggies! 

The next step is just fun!  You will want to use a veggie spiralizer. 
The one I used is by OxO and you can find it at Williams Sonoma.

This is what I had after spiraling 2 zucchinis. 
Isn't it crazy how much zucchini can grow when you turn it into noodles?

Next grab a large bowl and toss in all your veggies.  I told y'all this was a super easy recipe.

Personally, for me, an Asian Noodle Salad has two SUPER important ingredients! they are!

Toasted cashews!  Seriously, it's all about the crunchies!
I just tossed a dash of butter in a pan and toasted 1 cup of cashews on the stove for about 3-5 minutes. 

And last, but certainly not least, the star of the show...this amazing, knock your socks off dressing!

To make the dressing, simply whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey, sesame oil, minced garlic and ginger, and lime juice.

This recipe will serve about 6.  My husband is beyond picky and Fiona only has two tiny little teeth so this salad was all for ME!! I made a bowl for myself to enjoy, along with a little mommy time while Fiona napped so I just poured a portion of the dressing on my salad.  If I were actually going to share, I would have just poured the dressing over the entire salad and tossed.

I hope y'all love this as much as I do! 


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Thursday, December 22, 2016

The Gaither Kitchen: Cinnamon Toast

We have been under the weather here at The Gaither House for the past week.  It honestly seems like everyone has had their turn at this nasty head cold that is going around.  Yuck!
This past weekend I was on the the tail end of my cold, but Scott was just really starting to feel bad.  On Friday night he started to reminisce about when his mom would make him cinnamon toast.
So, I started asking questions because I could tell immediately this was a childhood fave.  Basically, "Mama Gaither" would take a piece of toast, cover it with butter and sprinkle with a cinnamon and sugar mixture.  Then pop the toast in the oven under the broiler, where Scott said they would then stare at the oven to make sure it wouldn't burn! So cute! 

As Scott was taking in some much needed extra sleep Saturday morning, Fiona and I were up with the birds for playtime.  Then it hit me, I can totally make cinnamon toast and hopefully make the husband feel a little better.  Now, if you know me, I always have to mix things up a bit.  So, I of course turned to Pinterest to check out a couple different variations of this much talked about Cinnamon Toast.  I decided to go with a variation from my fave Ree Drummand of The Pioneer Woman.  She's pretty amazing in my book!

Here's what you'll need!

2 Sticks of Butter
3 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
16 Slices of Bread

Now, let make some yummy Cinnamon Toast!

First, soften your butter!  I just popped the two sticks of butter into the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Then just helped the melting process a little with a fork. 

Next, mix in your sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

Once you have all your ingredients in your mixing bowl, give them a good stir until all are blended. 

Next, you guessed it! Lather those pieces of toast up! 
Once you have your toast covered in this sweet goodness, pop into your oven to bake on 350 for 10 minutes.  Then turn the broiler on to really toast it up for about a minute.

This recipe yields 16 pieces of Cinnamon Toast.  We did over indulge, but there was NO WAY just the two of us could devour all 16 slices.  So, we saved the leftover mixture for Sunday morning.  Just pop it back into the microwave for 15 seconds and give it a good stir.

And there you have it!  A super simple and crowd pleaser recipe to cure the childhood craving and help get over the yucky sick blues!

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gifts for Him

I don't know about your family, but in our family, it's the men that are the absolute hardest to shop for.  Even as I sit here racking my brain on gifts for the guys in my family I am still kinda clueless.  What I do know are these timeless gift ideas are always a sure win.

What are your go to items when shopping for the fellas in your family?
Leave your gift ideas in the comments below and HELP ME OUT!

Happy Thursday and Happy Shopping!

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Monday, December 5, 2016

DIY: The Perfect {Inexpensive} Bookshelf

A few months back I was on the hunt for a simple gold bookshelf.  I found that so many I loved were around $250 and up!  This just seemed a little crazy to me.  So I decided this gold bookshelf I was on the hunt for was now going to turn into a DIY.

After removing the gold element from my search I started to find several reasonably priced shelves that a can of gold spray paint would do wonders with.  I ended up purchasing the Vittsjo Shelf from Ikea in white for just $49.  

Next to dress this plain Jane up to her full potential.
A trip to Lowes for a few supplies and we were ready.

Now that we have all the items, it's time to make this doll come to life.
I think it's totally up to you if you want to assemble before or after you paint.  I decided to assemble first, then spray.  Once I had the shelf together I started with the primer.  Even though the shelf was white, I still like to prime as it helps your paint adhere better.  Once the primer was dry, it was time to paint this beauty gold.  In the end I used almost 2 cans of paint.  It never ceases to amaze me what a can of paint can do for a lifeless piece.

The three middle shelves are glass, but the top and bottom are solid, some type of faux wood.
I decided to dress this piece up just a touch more by wrapping the top and bottom shelves in marble contact paper.  Seriously, this made the entire look of the bookshelf!

And...there you have it!  

I couldn't be happier with the end result.  Sometimes I find it's the DIY pieces in our home I adore the most.  They just feel a little bit more special to me.

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